Richard G. Nollmeyer, 88, was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 2, 2013, following a heart attack, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman.
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He was born in Sidney on October 18, 1924 to Gustav and Olga (Klempel) Nollmeyer. He was raised on a farm in Richland County where he attended both grade school and high school. His father's family came from Germany and settled in the United States in the 1890s. His father followed in the family occupation of farming. His mother was from Odessa in the Ukraine and migrated with her family to America in 1910.
After graduating from high school, during World War II, Richard enlisted in the Navy in 1944. When the war efforts were over he returned to Montana where he farmed and ranched in Sidney and Miles City for two years. He purchased a farm in the Big Timber area, which he later sold in order to attend Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill. He graduated in 1957 and completed an internship at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash. In 1958, Dr. Nollmeyer established a medical practice in Bozeman. While living in Bozeman, he was Vice-President of the Gallatin Medical Society and member of the Executive Board of Montana State University. He maintained an active interest in the educational system of our state. He was a member of the Gideons International and was on the founding board of KGVW radio, Montana's first Christian radio station and the Christian Supply Bookstore. He also donated 80 acres of land up Cottonwood Road for the Yellowstone Bible Camp. He later left his practice and moved to Missoula to attend the Montana Law School at the University of Montana, graduating in 1970. During those years he was a contributor and Associate Editor of the Montana Law Review. Following graduation, he moved his family to California where he was the Director of Medical Services at Biola University, a full professor of Sociology, teaching courses in anatomy, physiology and criminology. He was also the president of the board of directors for the Orinoco River Mission, Venezuela. In 1981 Dr. Nollmeyer, returned to Bozeman and restarted his medical practice, retiring in 1986.
Dr. Nollmeyer was an active participant in the churches he attended. He enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes and studying the Bible. One of the chapters he held dear was Psalm 1.
Richard married Mary Knopp in Sidney on November 17, 1945. She later passed away in Bozeman on July 10, 1963. On December 11, 1963 he married Bonita Taylor in Bozeman and the couple lived on the family ranch before moving to Missoula in 1967.
Richard is survived by his wife, Bonita (Taylor) Nollmeyer; daughters, Loretta (Steve) Solomon, Barbara (Alex) Hernandez, and Virginia Nollmeyer; granddaughters, Lisa (Pete) Batt, Christine Solomon, and Ashley Nettles; great grandchildren, Daniel Batt and Elizabeth Batt, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Knopp; brothers, Henry Nollmeyer, Floyd Nollmeyer and sister, Effie (Nollmeyer) Waters.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Grace Bible Church, followed by interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons International www.gideons.org , Heritage Christian School in Bozeman, Manhattan Christian School or the Montana Bible College in Bozeman.
Arrangements are by Dokken-Nelson Funeral Services. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 5, 2013