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Obituary: Dick Kay Nusser

Published on October 31, 2017 2:42PM



Dick Kay Nusser

Nov. 10, 1937 –– Oct. 21, 2017

Dick Kay Nusser –– beloved husband, father and grandfather –– passed away at Oct. 21, 2017, at the age of 79, at home after a long battle with throat cancer. He was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Nyssa, Ore., to Kasper and May (Postier) Nusser and was married to Sally Hilary.

Raised in Hermiston, he graduated from Eastern Oregon College with a degree in education. He taught math and science at Wallowa for two years before being selected as the elementary and junior high school principal in Joseph, at age 24. He also taught math and coached junior high sports at Joseph for 29 years. He was treasured by many students with several staying in contact with “Mr. Nusser” through the years.

During summer breaks from teaching, he was employed by his friend and fellow teacher, Leo Goebel, in a logging business. In 1966, Dick, Leo and engineer Bob Jackson cleared the right-of-way for the gondola up Mount Howard at Wallowa Lake,. He loved hunting and fishing. In 1978, he drew a permit to hunt Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and bagged a ram that was the largest in the state at the time.

After retiring in 1991, he and Sally moved to Salem where he stayed active fishing, remodeling two homes and building a large shop. He spent countless hours making his shop a kid funhouse with swings, slides, wires for tightrope walking, ball games and gadgets (like a backwards steering bicycle).

While raising his sons, he and Sally attended Grace Lutheran Church in Enterprise. He faced his mortality with faith and courage, often saying: “I know where I am going.”

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marcel Nusser and sister Cleda Schoonover and leaves behind sister Donna Bensel, wife Sally (Hilary) Nusser, son Jeff married to Linda (Baxter) Nusser, son Kevin married to Christa Helms and son Doug married to Kim (Crenshaw) Nusser.

He is survived by 12 grandchildren (Brock, Drew, Lisa, Danielle, Sarah, Jayce, Lexi, Jessica, Marissa, Aunicka, Ember and Chloe), six great-grandchildren (Jordan, Cooper, Jackson, Stockton, Nolan, and Aubrey) and a neighbor, Luke Miller, whom he loved like his own grandson.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 862 45th Ave. NE, Salem.


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