June 3, 1977 – May 4, 2013

Rowdy Chief Nash, 35, died at his home in Mt. Vernon on May 4, 2013.

He was born on June 3, 1977.   Rowdy grew up in Enterprise and graduated from high school in 1996.  

On Sept. 7, 1996, Rowdy married his high school sweetheart, Kasey Dawn Rysdam from Elgin.  Together, they had two children: Cutter Chief, 7, and Nevada Dawn, 4. 

For the past five years, Rowdy lived his dream managing the Widows Creek Ranch.   Rowdy was an avid horseman, roper, and cattleman.   He loved nothing more than for all of his and Kasey’s  family to gather at the ranch to help brand, work cows, and ride; however, his greatest fulfillment and joy came from his children.  

Attending junior and pee-wee rodeos watching Cutter and Nevada compete was the highlight of his life.  Rowdy himself enjoyed competing in rodeos.  Never one to back down from a challenge, Rowdy along with his uncle Todd Nash, won the wild cow milking at the Elgin Stampede.  He also was a competitor in the Elgin Stampede Challenge where he was always a fan favorite.  

Rowdy had an infectious grin and welcomed anyone who crossed his path.   He was a member of the Baptist church and a believer in Jesus Christ.  

Rowdy will forever be remembered as a rancher, husband, devoted father, son, brother, uncle and believer. 

Rowdy was preceded in death by his father -in-law John E. Rysdam III. 

Besides his wife and children, Rowdy is survived by his parents, Ken and Annie (Talbot) Nash of Enterprise, brother Chad and Amy Nash, sister Chelsie and Justin Gray, mother-in-law Voleny Rysdam of Elgin, sister-in-law Dena Rysdam and her husband Bill Ledbetter, and sister-in-law Keela Rysdam.   Nieces and nephews include: Maggie, Bo, Tee, and Jesse Ledbetter of Elgin, Ronan, Gwenllian, Kenon, Gavin, Lockan and Arianwyn Nash of Enterprise, and Riley, Ashlyn, Jada, and Gideon Gray of Enterprise. A funeral was Friday May 10, at the Enterprise Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and another service at the Summerville Baptist Church with interment to follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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