Due to recent news of Wilbert C. (Bill) Nienhueser’s passing, KMZU will re-air his interview Sunday, Apr. 8 at 7:00 a.m., noon, and 5:00 p.m. Subsequently, Clarence Dodd, of Brookfield, will be featured on our Voices of Veterans program Sunday, Apr. 15.
The interviews will also air on our sister station, KRLI 103.9 FM, at 8:00 a.m., noon, and 5:00 p.m.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nienhueser’s family and friends.
Funeral Announcement from Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall
Wilbert C. (Bill) Nienhueser, 93, of Concordia, MO, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at The Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia with Pastor R. Lee Hagan officiating. Burial with full military rites will be held in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of the service Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Window Fund or The Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born February 6, 1919, in rural Corder, MO, he was the son of the late Edward William Nienhueser and Anna Sophia Wagner Nienhueser. He lived in the Lafayette County area most of his life where he was a farmer. On June 16, 1946, he married Helen Aversman, who preceded him in death on February 23, 1980 and on November 12, 1983, he married Verna Aversman, who preceded him in death on June 29, 2007. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 until 1945, with the 819th Engineers. During his service to his country, he received the Arrowhead for the invasion of France on D-Day, 4 Battle Stars, as well as the Presidential Citation for building an emergency landing strip on Normandy, while under fire. He was a member of Concordia V.F.W. Post and its Honor Guard Team. When he returned back to the farming operation, he became very active in the progression of agriculture. He was the first in Lafayette County to use anhydrous ammonia, now a common agricultural practice. He served two terms as chairman of Lafayette County Extension Council, served on the Balanced Farming Advisory Board, was a 4-H project leader in tractor maintenance and woodworking for numerous years, and was a chaperone for seven counties to Washington, D.C. Bill was very honored to receive the Missouri State Fair Family of the Year Award in 1962.
In addition to his service to his family and country, Bill was honored to serve his Lord. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he served on various boards and committees. He was Chairman of the Redecoration Committee in 1983, and served on The Lutheran Good Shepherd Home Board.
Survivors include one son, Richard Nienhueser of rural Concordia; one daughter, Ruth E. Roscher and husband Leland of Sweet Springs; three grandchildren: Dr. Sherri Browning and husband Bill of Lincoln, NE, Lori Roscher and fiancé Chris Buchanan of Dallas, TX, Kent Roscher and wife Megan of Sweet Springs; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Edward Browning and Jacob Patrick Browning; two brothers, Leonard (Pete) Nienhueser and Roland Nienhueser, both of Alma; three sisters: Dorothy Schlesselman of Concordia, Velma Hinck of Concordia, and Gertrude Rolf of Higginsville; along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Nienhueser; and one sister, Laura Lovercamp.