Reverend Jack Thomas Nitz was born on June 11, 1934, to Ralph T. Nitz and Irene E. Holdmann Nitz in Milwaukee, WI. He
passed away Monday, October 25, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.
He will always be remembered as a servant of the Lord, pastor, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all who knew and loved him. He had a passion for trains and train memorabilia as well as traveling with his wife, Marian, to destinations around the globe. He was known for being able to chat up a storm, his sarcastic dry humor and quick-wittedness, and his balanced approach to life.
Jack felt his calling to the church at an early age, around 8th grade, and maintained that focused path for his entire life. Jack
graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, IL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Jack attended Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received his Master of Divinity and was ordained in 1959.
Later in 1959, he was called to Lake Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI as an associate pastor, where he also met the love of his life and future wife, Marian Jeannette Engebretson. It was a match made in heaven as Jack was the associate pastor and Marian was the church organist.
After one year of dating, they were married in July of 1960. Over the years, Jack received callings from churches in Billings, MT and Idaho Falls, ID, while also starting his family with Marian and having three sons. Jack was then called by the
Lutheran Church of America to move to Golden, CO, in 1973 to work for the board of parish services supporting stewardship and evangelism over a 13 state Midwest area. In 1978, Jack received a call from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE, where he was the senior pastor for 16 years, retiring in 1994.
In retirement he continued to support churches in the area with temporary pastor support. In 2014, Jack and Marian decided to make their home at Immanuel Lakeside in Omaha, NE, where Jack could be found relaxing or walking the halls putting smiles on residents’ faces by sparking up conversations with close friends.
Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marian Nitz, and their three sons, John (Teresa) Nitz, Paul (Alberta) Nitz, and Richard (Mary Beth) Nitz, his six grandchildren, Jeremiah, Elisha, Christopher, Lydia, Lukas, and Liam, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Nitz, and parents Ralph and Irene Nitz.
Memorials Service: Wednesday Nov. 3 at 10:30am at St. Michael Lutheran Church.
To view the service online, go to: www.saintmichaellutheran.org/specialevents
In lieu of flowers, Memorials to St. Michael Lutheran Church or Oaks Indian Mission in Oaks, OK.
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