Harold Nachtigall, age 86, passed away at Brookfield Park, St. Paul, NE on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at 12:00PM at the Pleasant View Bible Church of Aurora. Pastor Bob Gannon will officiate. A private graveside family burial service will be held at 11:00 AM prior with interment to be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, April 16th. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: Harold Eugene Nachtigall June 9, 1934 - April 10, 2021
Harold Eugene Nachtigall, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, farmer, professor, and upright man of God, passed away on Saturday morning, April 10, 2021, at the age of 86.
His life was a story of unconditional love and total commitment to his family and faith. Harold, son of Andy and Anna (Voth) Nachtigall, was born on the family farm south of Aurora, Nebraska, on June 9, 1934.
Harold attended grades 1-8 in a 1-room country school before attending Aurora High School, where he played football and developed his passion for mathematics. He then pursued higher education at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, paying his way by working at the Hillsboro Concrete Plant making 80 cents per hour. In the summer, he earned extra money by operating the road packer that laid the first blacktop on Highway 14, right past the family farm.
While at Tabor College, Harold met the love of his life, Eunice Mae Bartel.
Harold and Eunice were married in Hillsboro on August 19, 1955 at the Hillsboro M. B. Church. The next year, Harold earned his BA Degree in Math-Psychology.
During the Vietnam War, Harold, a man of peace and faith, served his country as a psychiatric aide with the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, from 1956-1958, alongside Eunice, who worked there as a secretary.
From 1958-1966, Harold taught mathematics at Seaman High School, and at the Boys Industrial School and the School for Unwed Mothers in the summers.
He earned his Masters Degree of Mathematics from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas in 1960.
While living in Topeka, Harold and Eunice were blessed with two daughters, Lanice Kay (1961) and Lora Lyn (1963).
The Nachtigalls returned to Hillsboro in 1966, where they lived out their shared passion for education and faith for the service of others. Harold worked as a professor of mathematics at Tabor College and received National Science Foundation grants to study modern mathematics for teachers, while Eunice was employed as a secretary for the Hillsboro M. B. Church. Harold was a generous professor, deeply invested in the professional development and personal well-being of his students.
In 1974, the Nachtigalls returned to take over the family farm in Aurora, Nebraska, raising corn, milo, wheat, and black angus cattle. They were joined in 1992 by Danny and Lora Janzen from Okeene, Oklahoma. Harold, Eunice, Danny, and Lora worked side-by-side in the operation of the farm, and were blessed by their time spent together in work and in life.
Though Harold and Eunice built a house and moved to town in 2000, his passion for farming never wavered and he always enjoyed coming out to help. Harold's passion for farming began at a very early age, driving the combine at wheat harvest for the neighbors while still in grade school.
Though he sometimes missed class to farm (a pattern that continued even through college), he had a sharp mind and a firm grasp on the importance of education, a gift he spent years working to give back to others.
Harold will always be remembered for his Christian legacy. He loved the Lord and lived with unwavering faith, facing every new challenge with patience and determination through his relationship with God. Harold accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a young age and was baptized at the age of twelve. He joined the Henderson M. B. Church in 1946 and in 1975, the Fairlawn Church in 1958, the Hillsboro M. B. Church in 1966, and the Pleasant View Bible Church in 2000.
His life is a story of commitment to the Lord and his family, whom he loved unconditionally and without reservation.
Harold and Eunice were blessed with 62 years of life and love before Eunice passed away in June 2017. Harold's care for Eunice over the years was a testament to the depth of his love and devotion to her.
Harold was a member of the Lion's Club and the Aurora Hospital Board, through which he served his community. Harold was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed horses and watching Nebraska football. He loved attending church events and his children's and grandchildren's many activities. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the joys of his life. When dining with his kids and grandkids, Harold would frequently offer either a math puzzle or a scripture he had recently come across before saying grace for the table.
Harold and Eunice loved to travel and visit family. We have many special memories of family celebrations and trips together.
Though he will be greatly missed, we rejoice in the faith that we will be reunited with Harold in Heaven.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother-in-law Melvin Thiessen.
Those left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Lanice (Jeff) Reiswig of Wichita, Kansas, and Lora (Danny) Janzen of Aurora, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, Jason (Chelsea) Reiswig of Olathe, Kansas, Joshua (Christine) Reiswig of Wichita, Kansas, Jeremy Reiswig of Wichita, Kansas, Evan (Emily) Janzen of Aurora, Nebraska, Garrett (Anna Barton) Janzen of Ames, Iowa, Dylan (McKenzie) Janzen of Omaha, Nebraska, and Bethany (Teague McFadden) Janzen of Kearney, Nebraska; eight great-grandchildren, Maddox and Brecken Reiswig of Olathe, Kansas, Addison and Aiden Reiswig of Wichita, Kansas, Adley and Luke Janzen of Aurora, Nebraska, and Paul and Ella Miller of Ames, Iowa. Harold is also survived by brother, Dr. Dean (Carol) Nachtigall; two sisters, Luella (Marlin) Janzen and Dorothy Thiessen and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Condolences to the family can be sent to Danny and Lora Janzen at 2017 Ridge Circle, Aurora NE, 68818.
Memorials will be donated to Christian Resource Center in Giltner, Nebraska, and Missions in the Amazon, Olathe, Kansas.