FAIRBURY — Byron G. Nussbaum, 85, of Fairbury died at 8:38 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 28, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, rural Forrest.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorials given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury, or Morton Home for the Handicapped (Timber Ridge), Morton.
Mr. Nussbaum was born March 2, 1928, in Forrest, the son of Ira I. and Leona B. Abersol Nussbaum. He married Marion Zimmerman on Oct. 29, 1950. She died Oct. 13, 1965. He then married Neola Wackerle on Nov. 19, 1967. She died Sept. 8, 2006. He then married Janice Ifft on Jan. 4, 2009. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are two daughters, Devon (Ken) Rinkenberger, Morton, and Dana (Edward Jr.) Meister, Peoria; two sons, Kevin (Joan) Nussbaum, Bloomington, and Kim Nussbaum, Colchester; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Mindy) Rinkenberger, Jarod (Heidi) Rinkenberger, Candice (Jeff) Klopfenstein, Kristen (Mark) Graham, Kelsi (Eric) Harris, Reid Nussbaum, Edward III (Christa) Meister, Nicholas (Mary) Meister and Alexandra (Neil) McDougall; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean Nussbaum, Fairbury; and four sisters, Leona, Janice and Carol Nussbaum, all of Fairbury, and Doris Huber, Plantation, Fla.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Alden, Willis, Wayne and Glen Robert Nussbaum.
Mr. Nussbaum served our country in the U.S. Army in Korea. He farmed and then co-owned and operated Nussbaum Trucking, Normal, from 1957 until his retirement in 1980. After retirement, he drove a school bus for the Prairie Central School District for 19 years. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest.
Known for his love of music, Byron was a church song leader for 55 years. A gentle man with a positive attitude and a trusting faith, Byron lived his beliefs and exemplified the fruit of the Spirit – joy, peace, gentleness and goodness, to name a few. He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially walking and hiking, and he thoroughly appreciated the fellowship of his local and national church family. Byron loved his family unconditionally and was always thankful for what he had rather than what he lost. He served the Lord with his whole heart and was a friend to all he met, young and old.
A guest registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.