Reverend Richard Nack

The Reverend Richard Nack, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 20, 2018 at the age of 90. He was a resident of Columbia, MO and had resided for the past six years at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, MO.

Richard was born on October 2, 1927 in Sheboygan, WI to Arthur Nack and Paulina (Prabst) Nack. He was baptized into the Christian faith on October 30, 1927, and confirmed on March 29, 1942 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. After graduating from Sheboygan Central High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Wetzlar, Germany as a member of the 28th Army Band. Upon completion of his military service, he attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL and was ordained into ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pasco, WA in 1954. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he attained a BA in Semitic Languages and also met and married Sue Anne Wendeln of Chanute, KS in 1959.

Richard served congregations in Hinkley, Minnesota, as well as churches in Modena, Gilmanton, Turtle Lake, Clayton, and Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. After retiring, Richard and his wife Sue moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1997 to be near their children and their families; however, Richard remained an avid Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan to the end of his days.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Mexico Missouri Veteran’s Home. The care, support, warmth, and compassion Richard and his family received were truly exceptional. They would also like to thank Preferred Hospice for their help in making Richard’s final days as comfortable as possible. Richard is survived by his wife, Sue and their three children: Janet Richards (Brian), Mary Clark (Hank), and Sarah Thieme (Brian) as well as eight beloved grandchildren and five nieces and nephews: Mary Margaret Nack (Shel Weinberg), Nancy Gorder (Greg), Martha Nack (Peter Bakken), John Arthur Nack (Adele), and Ruth Wagman (Steve). He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur August and Paulina (Prabst) Nack, his brother, Arthur Nack, and daughter, Deborah (Debbie) Anne who we know all joyfully welcomed him in heaven. A memorial home-going service officiated by Richard’s son-in-law, the Rev. Brian Thieme, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W Rollins Road, Columbia, MO on Saturday, February 24 at 10 am with visitation starting at 9 am. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 2201 W Rollins Road, Columbia, MO 65203.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (NIV, Isaiah 12: 2-3)

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  1. Pastor Donald E. Hasse on February 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Pastor Richard Nack was a beloved and valuable member of the Pastoral team for 11 years at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sheboygan Falls, WI. He is remembered fondly by many. May God bless and comfort all in his family. We look forward to a blessed reunion in the presence of Jesus one day.

  2. Pastor Steve Miller on February 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Pastor Nack was at Zion Ev Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, WI,1972-1982. Members will be notified of his passing this coming Sunday, and we will offer a prayer of thanksgiving for his life and ministry as well as for comfort and encouragement for family and friends in light of Jesus’ words: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even if he dies.”

  3. Otto and Barb Becker on February 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Otto and I would like to extend our smypathy to you Sue and your family. We still have many fond memories of our time spent together on our cruise. Our congregation was fortunate to have Dick to serve our congregation, you will be in our prayers.

  4. Sarah Zemke Heintz on February 27, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    So sorry for your families loss. I remember your Dad fondly. Sarah I hope you are well. You are in my thoughts.

  5. larry bloom on February 14, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    Pastor Nack was my first and best pastor at Trinity Gilmanton…….what a great man….sorry i didn’t know of his passing…02-14-2023…….l.l.Bloom

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