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John Nieman

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John Nieman Obituary
John P. Nieman Father, grandfather, and extraordinary gentleman John Nieman slipped away to the nearer presence of God and to his beloved Rosie on Friday, April 26, 2013, having recently celebrated his 87th birthday. He was born in Austin to John and Betty Nieman, attended Austin High School, and graduated from the University of Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WW II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In 1953 he started his career in insurance and became a named partner in the firm that became Nieman Hanks & Puryear. During his long and very active business career, he served in many civic and philanthropic capacities in organizations including the Austin Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the Better Business Bureau, Austin Community College, the Counseling and Pastoral Care Center of Austin, Recording for the Blind, and he was a life member of the Downtown Austin Rotary Club. The church was always a central part of his life. He grew up in St. Martin's Lutheran Church where he served in many roles including the endowment board and as Chairman of the day school. Since 1986 he has been a faithful member at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, in numerous volunteer capacities, and until very recently was an active member of the MPAC group that meets every Tuesday morning. John had a great love for the outdoors, first as a hunter and for the last 30 or so years as a photographer. In his heart, John was a rancher all his life. Always intellectually curious, John pursued a number of interests avidly including fishing, amateur astronomy, collecting antique barbed wire, and, of course, gardening with Rosie . . . in fact, doing whatever Rosie loved as he was the dearest of husbands. She preceded him in death on October 15, 2010. John is survived by his son Paul Nieman and wife Mia and their children Lindsay and Laura Rose; his daughter Nancy Nieman Hilgers and husband Paul and their children John and Sydney all of Austin; and, by his sister Betty Jean Weigang and husband Oscar, of Maine. The family wishes to thank the very special Delma Leal and her wonderful team of Caregivers: Marie Thomas, Rosa Soto, Elsa Loke, for their unfailing kindness and exquisite, caring service. A celebration of John's life will take place at 1 o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday, May 9th, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa, Austin, Texas. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for support of a ministry that was very special to John. Please make donations payable to St. Matthews Episcopal Church with a notation on memo line: For MPAC. MPAC is a small group ministry for individuals in early stages of dementia. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 5 to May 8, 2013
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