William Nitzke

William Nitzke, of Lake View, was born Feb. 2, 1913, and died Dec. 3, 2017. He was the fourth of eight children born to Ed and Anna Nitzke of Storm Lake. As a very young boy, he sold papers in his hometown. He worked on the Van Hyming farm near Storm Lake and then for Robinson’s Dairy delivering milk until 1952. He attended Buena Vista College and studied dairy production at Iowa State University. After working for Robinson’s, Bill worked in the grocery business, first in Storm Lake’s Council Oak Grocery Store and then in Fareway’s meat department.

Bill was a faithful servant of the Lord. He cultivated gardens for all the neighboring seniors on Seneca Street. He would wait at the church door to open it for anyone requiring walkers. As a boy, he attended Sunday School at the German Methodist Church but joined the Catholic Church when he married Lucille Pettit on April 28, 1937. Bill sang in the choir at St. Mary’s, often singing “O Holy Night” at the Christmas Service.

Bill was very active in and enjoyed all sports. As a young man he enjoyed ice skating and ice boating on Storm Lake. He fished and played tennis with his family, and golfed until he was 102.

Bill, the last survivor of the Ed and Anna Nitzke children, was proceeded in death by his parents, siblings and his wife Lucille (a few days before their 70th anniversary).

He is survived by his children: Maryann (Nitzke) Mason, Joseph (Mary Ellen Ellyson) Nitzke and Michael (Carol) Nitzke; grandchildren: Will Mason, Theodore Nitzke and Greta Nitzke; step-grandchildren: Chris (Nancy) Bruscher, Andrew Bruscher and Kimberley (Carl) Friedmann; and step-great-grandchildren: David and Rachel Bruscher and Elijah Friedmann.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date.