Donald Vincent Nutsch of Twin Falls, formerly of Jerome, peacefully passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 in the afternoon, surrounded by his wife and children at Grace Assisted Living. Donald was born in Morrowville, Kansas. He and his twin brother, Dennis, were the third and fourth of five children born to Carl and Mary Nutsch.
The family moved to Idaho from Kansas in March of 1939 where they bought a small farm in Jerome. Donald and Dennis joined the Army together when they turned 18 and served for 20 months in Korea.
In June of 1960, he met Margaret Mary Nehl, formerly of Oregon, and immediately knew she was ‘the one’. They married May 27, 1961 and settled on the small farm south of Jerome, where they raised their three children and lived for 55 years.
Donald was known as the gentlest man anyone knew. He loved his wife, kids, grandkids and all his many relatives as much as any human can love. He raised cattle, a variety of crops, and engaged in any activities that the kids came up with such as tree houses, forts, or ice skating on the ponds. He and Marge were active members of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, he was president of the Holy Name Society, he was a volunteer for the rural fire department for 35 years, and he worked at Amalgamated Sugar Company in Twin Falls for many years. He was on a bowling team, loved fishing and picnics, was an assistant scout leader, and he loved to watch his kids and grandkids with their activities throughout the years.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Edwin, Dennis, and Eugene. He is survived by his wife, Marge; his children, Bob (Kim) Nutsch, Dan Nutsch, and Christina (Kenny) Alexander; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew Nutsch and Morgan and Madison Alexander; and his only sister, Mildred Chojnacky.
He will be missed by all who knew him with his genuine interest in sharing stories, eating cherry pie and any opportunity to sit and talk for hours. He never missed a chance to chat with strangers and he loved the simple things in life such as prayer, potlucks, ‘photo ops’, the smell of crops and a fresh rain, spending hours in his large garden, or watching crops getting watered with the pivot system and enjoying the many animals he had on the farm. He loved any opportunity to travel to the Idaho mountains for camping, fishing or woodcutting. He and Marge were fortunate to be able to travel overseas and to places throughout the US when their son, Dan, was employed at United Airlines. His worn work gloves were proof that he was gifted at building, designing and repairing anything in the house or on the farm. He was easy to please and never complained, even when life was less than smooth.
A Rosary and Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 pm, Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 S Lincoln Ave, Jerome, with a viewing beginning at 6:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Mike St. Marie. Graveside services will conclude at Jerome Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the incredible, loving care that the staff at Grace Assisted Living and Hospice Visions provided to Donald. They endlessly demonstrated professional, compassionate and genuine family-oriented care.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Donald's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.