David Neuhaus, longtime Fairfax State Savings Bank CEO, dies at 92

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“It’s a people thing”

David Neuhaus

David Neuhaus, president and CEO of the Fairfax State Savings Bank for more than 60 years, died last Saturday. He was 92 years old.

Neuhaus said of his job, “It’s a people business,” according to a video he recorded for the bank and viewable on Facebook, and “It’s really a pretty simple business – one plus one equals two – and that hasn’t changed. You can have all the glorious IBMs, whatever you have, it doesn’t mean a thing. It’s the people.”

He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Later, he served as the first clerk of Community College and clerk for the town of Fairfax. He also served with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 50 years.

Neuhaus’ community involvement included the Cedar Rapids Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, and Fairfax Legion PEKOMY, as well as a board member for the Mercy Medical Foundation and the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Business Hall of Fame.

In 2002, the David Neuhaus Family Foundation was established. Among its grant recipients are the Mercy Medical Center Foundation and the Community Health Free Clinic of Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. at Teahen Funeral Home, 3100 F Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 50 Edgewood Rd. NW, also in Cedar Rapids.

Patrick Slater, Neuhaus’s son, is now president and CEO of the bank, which was incorporated in 1924.

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