Obituary for Wendell Nye
06/28/1924 - 04/26/2020
Wendell Stevenson Nye, age 95, passed away at his home on April 26th, 2020 with his family at his side. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 28th, 1924 to Charles and Ruth Kuhlwein Nye.
Wendell graduated from Columbus North High School, and briefly attended Ohio State University before being drafted into the United States Army. As a member of the "Greatest Generation," he was stationed for three years in England, and was instrumental in staging the D-Day invasion. Following his discharge from the Army, he began his career as a management analyst, eventually retiring from the Defense Construction Supply Center in Columbus. He and his wife, Betty, were longtime members of Grace Lutheran Church in Westerville, Ohio.
One of his most notable qualities was that he had a natural ability to be able to build, fix, or repair virtually anything, even making three grandfather clocks-- one for his home as well as for both of his children's homes. He was also an excellent card player, and it was very difficult to ever get the best of him, no matter the game. He and Betty belonged to the German American Club, Germania, and enjoyed many weekends there dancing the polka. The two of them also belonged to a camping club, spending many years exploring the United States and Canada. Wendell will also be remembered by everyone in the family for the "sick jokes" he used to love to tell that would elicit groans from all.
Wendell is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty Davis Nye, his son Steven Nye (Claudia), his daughter Kathy Nye Bixler (Mark--d.), his sister Vada Nye Schwendau, five grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
A private burial service will be held at Otterbein Cemetery in Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday, April 29th.
Donations in memory of Wendell may be made to: Lutheran Social Services, PO Box 182010, Columbus, Ohio 43218