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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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