Reuben Nighbor, age 94, of Princeton, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the Markesan Resident Home. He was born on June 20, 1926, a son of the late Adolph and Elsie (Menge) Nighbor.
Reuben proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. On August 23, 1947, he married Alice Johnson in the parsonage of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Princeton. They were married 69 years before her passing on April 8, 2017.
For over 40 years, Reuben worked for the Handcraft Company in Princeton as a superintendent. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Princeton and had served on their school and church councils. Reuben was also a proud member of the VFW Post #10452, the American Legion Post #366 and the Lions Club of Princeton. In his earlier days, he enjoyed ice fishing and playing cards. He was a craftsman and enjoyed making picture frames and puzzles for his family and friends. Reuben had a greenhouse that he took great pride in as well as keeping his lawn well maintained to perfection.
Those Reuben leaves behind to cherish his memory include his children, Sharon (John) Schwersenska of Oshkosh, Warren Nighbor of Princeton, Allen (Debra) Nighbor of Pickett, Janice Mlodzik of Oshkosh, Dennis (Barb) Nighbor of Princeton; 11 grandchildren, Jeremiah, Matthew and Nathan Schwersenska; Erica Roehl, Krista and Josh Nighbor; Shannon and Tim Nighbor; Christopher Nighbor, Melissa Irwin and Nick Nighbor; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Phebian Nighbor; 4 sisters, Darlene (Jerry) Hunter, Ardell Schwersenska, Diane Martin, Iris (Jerry) Deuel; sister-in-law, Alice Nighbor; special friends, Ray Salbago, Elmer Reetz, Dave (Vicki) Pulvermacher, Carolyn Stibb, Elaine Kallas; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Nighbor; 2 brothers, Lawrence and LeRoy Nighbor; 2 sisters, JoAnne Schliep and Delores Kuharski.
A funeral service for Reuben Nighbor will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 226 South Clinton St., in Princeton. Pastor John Stelter will officiate. Full military honors will immediately follow the service in the church parking lot. Reuben will then be laid to rest in the Memory Hill Cemetery in Princeton. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Princeton. Please visit our website www.wachholzandsons.com to send a condolence or to share a memory of Reuben with his family.
The family of Reuben Nighbor would like to thank the caregivers at the Markesan Resident Home and Agnesian Hospice Hope of Green Lake for the exceptional care they provided to Reuben.
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