Howard George Neidert, who farmed his family's Anne Arundel County land for 70 years, died Sept. 21 while recuperating from a fall at a health care facility in Ajijic, Mexico. The Millersville resident was 96.
Mr. Neidert was born, raised and spent his entire life on the Millersville farm, which has been in his family since the 1800s. He attended Anne Arundel County public schools.
He farmed the 70 acres that his ancestors had farmed until he had to retire after breaking his back in 2005.
In addition to working his fields, Mr. Neidert owned and operated a popular vegetable stand on Obrecht Road. He was a familiar figure and regular participant at farmers' markets in Glen Burnie and Annapolis.
Mr. Neidert spent winters in a condominium in Clearwater, Fla., before heading back to Maryland in the spring to plant his fields.
"He taught all of his children and grandchildren how to work, and even until the end of his life he insisted that 'no one works harder than I do,'" said a daughter, Evelyn Russell of Owings Mills.
He enjoyed reading, crabbing and fishing.
His wife of 65 years, the former Evelyn Lowe, died in 2001.
Mr. Neidert was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glen Burnie.
Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.
Also surviving are another daughter, Lynda Yagodka of Ajijic and Kuwait; a sister, Elizabeth Neidert Smith of Severna Park; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, Howard David Neidert, died in 2005.