Sept. 14, 1930-Sept. 9, 2019

A Celebration of the Life of Robert W. Neuman will be Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4-6 p.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. There will be a reception from 6-9 p.m. at 202 Bird Ave., Natchitoches.

ob was born in Chicago, Ill., but grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his mother and sister.

He graduated from Tulane University and Louisiana State University with degrees in anthropology. His career as an archaeologist included 11 years for the Smithsonian Institution followed by 27 years at Louisiana State University. He retired and moved with his wife to Natchitoches in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathleen Mary Byrd; and five children, Ellen Theresa Murry, Dena Margaret Silver, Patrice Haven Newman, Michael Kearney Neuman and Elizabeth Eugenie Neuman; and four grandchildren, Robear Murry, Mikaela Flores, Emily Silver and Dorrie Silver.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Joseph’s Lakota School in Robert’s name and reference zip code 71457 at 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325 or via the link to the Natchitoches Humane Society in Roberts’ name at P.O.Box 7405, Natchitoches, LA  71457 or via the link