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  • ID: I67716
  • Name: Willis E. Nussbaum
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 APR 1922 in Kidron, Wayne County, OH
  • Death: 21 MAR 2011 in Orrville, Wayne County, OH
  • Event: Death Institution was Dunlap Memorial Hospital
  • Occupation: Kidron Body Company
  • Religion: Kidron Mennonite Church
  • Burial: 26 MAR 2011 Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Cemetery, Wayne County, OH
  • Note:
    Willis E. Nussbaum was born on April 9, 1922, to Eli and Hulda (Lehman) Nussbaum. He lived his entire life in the Kidron area, nearly forty years of which were spent working at the Kidron Body Company.
    Willis passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville, Ohio, following a brief illness. He was a faithful member of Kidron Mennonite Church.
    On October 17, 1943, he married Edna Geiser at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. They had three children: Elton (Freida) of Calico Rock, Arkansas (deceased); Arvilla (Dean) Kaufman of Boise, Idaho; and Arden (Marilyn) of Dalton. On May 7, 1977, Edna passed away.
    After a period of mourning, Willis opened his heart to Elrena Lehman, a widow who lived down the street. On May 20, 1978, they were married at Kidron Mennonite Church, adding seven stepchildren to his family: Virgene Lehman of Millersburg; Karen (Joe) Garnett of Shirley, Arkansas; Curt Lehman of Orrville; Darrel (Cathy) Lehman, Craig (Kelly) Lehman and Lori (Angelo) Napolitan, all of Dalton; and Joyce (Ken) Weaver of Apple Creek. When Elrena's health began to fail, Willis cared for her for many years at home and faithfully visited her twice daily at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. Elrena passed away on March 14, 2008.
    Willis enjoyed the exploits of his five grandchildren [Lewis (Marienel) Kaufman of Wooster; Crystal (Britt) Williams of Alexandria, Virginia; John (Tone) Kaufman of Oslo, Norway; and Joy and Jody Nussbaum of Dalton], ten step-grandchildren [Mark Lehman; Jill (Drew) Gerber; Caitlyn and Ben Lehman; Nick, Kendra and Kacy Napolitan; Andrea (Luke) Martin; and John and Bryan Weaver], and five great-grandchildren (Daniel, Rebecca, and Jonathan Kaufman; and Nita and Vivian Williams).
    Willis is also survived by one sister (Esther Neuenschwander of Kidron) and one brother (Glen Nussbaum of Alberta, Canada). In addition to his parents, both wives, and son Elton, he was preceded in death by sisters Celesta Steiner, Lorene Nussbaum, and Orpha Neuenschwander and brothers Aldis and Clayton Nussbaum.
    He was an active member of the area Mennonite community while his health prevailed, being particularly interested in the Holy Land. He often spoke fondly of his 1972 tour of Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. He was an avid woodcrafter for much of his life, adorning his home and those of his family with clever handmade toys and small furniture pieces.
    Willis will always be remembered for his big heart, commitment to his community, and deep love for God and his Word.
    Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Kidron Mennonite Church. Burial will be at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Cemetery. Friends may call Friday night from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. at Kidron Mennonite Church. Arrangements made by Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton.
    Online guest registration and condolences may be sent through the funeral home website at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio. [Spidell Online Obituary]

    Father: Eli J. Nussbaum b: 13 JAN 1891 in Berne, Adams County, IN
    Mother: Hulda W. Lehman

    Marriage 1 Edna Geiser
    • Married: 17 OCT 1943 in Kidron, Wayne County, OH
    1. Has Children Living Nussbaum
    2. Has Children Living Nussbaum
    3. Has No Children Elton W. Nussbaum b: 28 MAR 1945 in Kidron, Wayne County, OH

    Marriage 2 Elrena M. ? b: 26 AUG 1925
    • Married: 20 MAY 1978 in Kidron, Wayne County, OH

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