Described as one of the last of our community’s “gentleman’s gentlemen,” where a handshake is your bond, Dave Neuhaus began building trusted relationships at the age of 9 delivering newspapers to households in Fairfax, Iowa for The Gazette Company. Perhaps one of his fondest jobs, the newspaper allowed Dave to become familiar with families throughout the small town. As such, his valued relationships within the community naturally allowed many townspeople to become customers of Dave Neuhaus at Fairfax State Savings Bank. To this day, Dave treasures each relationship built and continues to prioritize taking care of his customers at the bank.
A graduate of the University of Iowa and the Herbert T. Prochnow Graduate School of Banking at the Univeristy of Wisconsin, Dave proudly joined Fairfax State Savings Bank in 1953 under the direction of his mentor, the late John Krall. Dave become CEO in 1965 and following the passing of Krall in 1982, Dave became only the second bank President since the bank opened in 1924. Under Dave’s leadership, the bank has grown from four to more than sixty employees and has seen strategic asset growth as well. Never shy of demonstrating a strong work ethic, at the age of 83, Dave still keeps office hours each day and is a dedicated presence at the bank.
Known for mottos such as “don’t grow tired of doing the right thing,” Dave’s counsel and generosity has been felt throughout the fabric of the community. Fairfax State Savings Bank’s success is due in large part to Dave’s leadership and integrity, enabling him to gain the full trust of the citizens of the Fairfax area. Bill Boland notes, “I have never heard anyone question Dave’s integrity, ethics, or honesty.” Furthermore, Dave’s motto has always been that “loans need to benefit people on both sides of the desk” affording Fairfax State Savings Bank many years of success serving fifth and sixth generations of customers and is a testament to the trust that families have placed in both Dave’s judgment and in the bank itself.
Dave is a humble individual who has enhanced, enriched and made a positive difference in the Cedar Rapids and Fairfax communities throughout his entire life. His contributions are numerous and his generosity profound. Countless charitable contributions include support to Fairfax Library, Xavier High School, Salvation Army, Mount Mercy University, Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, College Community Schools and perhaps most visibly, his unwavering devotion to Mercy Medical Center, the Especially for You® Race against Breast Cancer, Women’s Day in Fairfax and the nearly 30 years Dave has served on the Mercy Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.
Dave is very proud of his family and of his community. Perhaps Dave’s love and care is best demonstrated within his own family, where he is the proud adoptive father of Kevin and Patrick Slater. His journey in life has been shared with three great loves, Mary Claire, Virginia and Mary Caroline Gerhold Neuhas. Despite their passing, Dave continues to enjoy the love of community he calls home as well as time spent with family.