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Dwayne "Sonny" Newman

Dwayne "Sonny" Newman, age 73 of Philip, died Saturday, August 13, 2011, at his home west of Philip.

Dwayne Eugene Newman, better known as "Sonny" to his family and friends, was born September 12, 1937, on his parents' homestead eight miles west of Philip, the son of Harry and June Elizabeth (Carstensen) Newman.

He grew up on the homestead and attended grade school in Philip for two years before attending grade school in Quinn for one year, then returning back to Philip, where he graduated from Philip High School in 1956. As a young man he farmed and ranched with his parents.

Sonny was united in marriage to Donna Buhmann on October 21, 1956, in Philip. They made their home on the homestead all their married life. In the late 1960s, Sonny attended mechanic school for three years, graduating in 1969. In conjunction with the ranch, he owned and operated Newman Repair, selling batteries and tires and doing all kinds of auto and farm equipment repair. In 1973, they purchased the homestead, which they continued to operate.

Sonny was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he held all offices in the church and served as an elder for the last 30 years. He was a member of the Bad River Senior Citizens, and served on the Fairview School Board for many years, was a director on the Bad River Rural Water System since 1983, and held all offices on the Grandview Township Board.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Newman of Philip; four daughters, Debra Clements and her husband, Mike, of Philip, Dianne Parsons and her husband, Glenn, of Philip, Janelle Brown and her husband, Bruce, of Aberdeen, and Jeanine Gray and her husband, Darian, of Savage, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul E. Newman and his wife, Dorothy Kay, of Fairview, Tenn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Kirk Parsons; and a sister, Marjorie Sweezy.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 17, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.

Music was provided by Trina Breck, pianist and John Kaiser, vocalist. Ushers were Mike Schultz, Alvin Pearson, Duane Rogers, Dave Hemmingson and Steve Millage. Pallbearers were Luke, Kenny and Caleb Clements, Morgan Parsons, Anthony Arampatzis, Isaiah and Jackson Gray.

Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial has been established to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Bad River Senior Citizens Center, both of Philip.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com