Wilbert C. (Bill) Nienhueser, 93, of Concordia, 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 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 Feb. 6, 1919, in rural Corder, 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 Feb. 23, 1980, and on Nov. 12, 1983, he married Verna Aversman, who preceded him in death on June 29, 2007. He 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, four 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. He returned to the farming operation and was the first in Lafayette County to use anhydrous ammonia. 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. He received the Missouri State Fair Family of the Year Award in 1962. 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 her husband, Leland, of Sweet Springs; three grandchildren, Dr. Sherri Browning and her husband, Bill, of Lincoln, Neb., Lori Roscher and her fiancÚ, Chris Buchanan, of Dallas, Texas, Kent Roscher and his 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 and Velma Hinck, both 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.
Additional information provided per family recompense.