In memory of

William Nitzke

February 2, 1913 - December 3, 2017
From: Lake View, IA
William Nitzke

William Nitzke

Born: February 2, 1913
Died: December 3, 2017
Age: 104
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   William Nitzke, of Lake View, IA, was born on February 2, 1913 and passed away on December 3, 2017.  He was the fourth of eight children born to Ed and Anna Nitzke of Storm Lake.  As a very young boy, he sold papers in his hometown.  He worked on the Van Hyming farm near Storm Lake and then for Robinson’s Dairy delivering milk until 1952.  Bill attended Buena Vista College and then studied dairy production at Iowa State University.  After working for Robinson’s, Bill worked in the grocery business.  His first job being at Storm Lake’s Council Oak Grocery Store and then at Fareway’s meat department. 

   Bill was a faithful servant of the Lord.  He cultivated gardens for all the neighboring seniors on Seneca Street.  He would wait at the church door to open it for anyone requiring walkers.  As a boy, Bill attended Sunday school at the German Methodist Church but later joined the Catholic Church when he married Lucille Pettit on April 28, 1937.  Bill sang in the choir at St. Mary’s, often singing “O Holy Night” at the Christmas service. 

   Bill was very active and enjoyed all sports.  As a young man, he enjoyed ice skating and ice boating on Storm Lake.  He fished and played tennis with his family and golfed until he was 102 years old. 

  Bill, the last survivor of the Ed and Anna Nitzke children, was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his wife Lucille (a few days before their 70th anniversary).  He is survived by his children: Maryann (Nitzke) Mason, Joseph (Mary Ellen Ellyson) Nitzke, and Michael (Carol) Nitzke; grandchildren: Will Mason, Theodore Nitzke, and Greta Nitzke; step-grandchildren: Chris (Nancy) Bruscher, Andrew Bruscher, and Kimberly (Carl) Friedmann; step great-grandchildren: David and Rachel Bruscher, and Elijah Friedmann.


Memorial Service
1:00 p.m., Friday
February 2, 2018
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:21 PM
“Michael and Carol, I did not know your Dad, but I remember you from the clinic where I was a nurse. My sympathy to you due to your Dad's death. It appears he will be singing in the Heavenly choir for the celebration of Jesus birthday! Guess I'll meet him there. ”
- Julie Reaman
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM
“Beautiful picture of Bill . We sure will miss him. Bill had a good sense of humor. May he rest in peace with Lucy .”
- Gene and Bonnie. Simpson
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:35 PM
“Maryann,Mike, and Joe, We were sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. What a great guy he was, and he was blessed with a wonderfully, long life! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Ellen Kacmarynski”
- David James Kacmarynski
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM
“What a nice picture of Bill. He was a special man and neighbor and was blessed to have you care for him so he could still be out on the golf course in those later years. Thinking of all of you and we will miss him too.”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
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