Red was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Lois and George Newmyer, 11 October 1915. His youth was spent in Central City Nebraska where he graduated from Central City High School in 1933. He then attended the University of Nebraska, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1937 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Engineering in 1938.
After employment by Cities Service Co. or subsidiaries from 1938-1942, Red served in the United States Military Corps of Engineers as 2nd Lieutenant on to Major between the years of 1942-1945. He returned to work with Cities Service from 1945-1972, serving as president of Cities Service Helex Inc. and president of Cities Service Helium Inc., as well as president of Kansas Gas Supply Corporation. From 1972-1988, Red continued professionally, as a private consultant to the energy industry. Throughout his life, Red resided in Bartlesville, Okla., Morristown, N.J., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Whispering Pines, N.C.; retiring to Oswego, Kan., in 1989.
Red is survived by his wife, Jo Burrows Newmyer of Oswego; daughter, Sara Lytle (Fred Davis) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; granddaughter, Haisly Jimenez (Mark) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Chance Jimenez of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and niece, Carole Chugan (Robert) of Oklahoma City.
Graveside services will be at noon, Friday, 24 October 2008, at the Oswego Cemetery, Oswego. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Murdock Funeral Home, 203 Illinois Street, Oswego, at 11 a.m., for a time of visitation before proceeding to the cemetery for services. Guest book registration is available between 1-7 p.m. Thursday, and prior to the closed casket service Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oswego High School's Zoe Burrows Scholarship Fund, which may be sent c/o Murdock Funeral Home, 203 Illinois Street, Oswego, 67356.