April 06, 2022, Dwight Nook, 93
Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Dwight Nook, age 93, of Lenox, who passed away Monday, March 28, 2022, in Mount Ayr will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday morning at the church from 9:00 AM until service time with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may directed to the Lenox United Methodist Church. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Born April 21, 1928 near Hamburg, Iowa, Dwight Ernest Nook lived on a farm north of Hamburg then in 1939 moved to rural Lenox with his parents Ernest and Wilma (Bell) Nook. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Dwight passed away on March 28, 2022 at Mount Ayr Clearview Homes.
The second of five children, Dwight graduated from Sharpsburg High School in 1945. Working construction in the early days of Anchorage, Alaska and then in Mesa, Arizona, Dwight was able to enjoy hunting and flying, two of his favorite hobbies. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling: returning to Alaska to see the many changes, New York, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and visiting relatives in Texas and Maryland. Dwight loved telling stories of his travels and hunting adventures. Even though Parkinson’s robbed him of his humor, he was still able to communicate elaborate, quite detailed anecdotes the last several years of his life.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Hutchison on July 1, 1953. They lived most of their lives in Lenox. Dwight was a proud member of the Lenox United Methodist Church for over 65 years. Dwight began Nook Construction building several homes, office buildings, state park areas, and farm structures in southwest Iowa. He also worked as a rural mail carrier: 19 years as substitute and 16 years as regular carrier from the Lenox Post Office. He belonged to several service and volunteer groups: Hunter Education instructor, Lenox Methodist Church Board, Taylor County Museum Board and Taylor County Conservation Board. After retirement, he helped rebuild the Pattonsburg Methodist Church, roof several area churches, enjoyed gardening, and spending time with his family.
Dwight was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Jean (April 2017), parents, brother Clifford, and three infant children.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Teresa of Villisca; Bill (Maggie Eighmy) of New Market; and Frank (Julie) of Prior Lake, Minnesota; grandchildren: Kyle (Megan) Nook of Bellevue, Nebraska; and Christian (Loren) Nook of New Market; brothers, Glen (Shirley) of Newton; Jerold (Sandy) of Edgewood, Maryland; sister Arlene Steddom of Clarinda; and sisters-in-law Janice Nook of Wheaton, Minnesota; and Janice (Eugene) Shelton of Belton, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Special thanks to the staff at Clearview Homes.
We will forever hold the precious memories of you in our hearts.
May you be at peace in God’s loving care.