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Nathaniel James Nave


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Nathaniel James Nave

Billings, MO - Nathaniel James Nave, age 42, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Tampa, FL following complications from surgery in December to remove an epidermoid brain tumor. His wife, Mary Martha, and best friend, Scott Trefts, were by his side. Nathan was born on February 27, 1975 to James and Karen Nave. Nathan and Mary Martha (Miller) were married on March 21, 1998.

Nathan was a lifelong resident of the Springfield area. He graduated from Parkview High School in 1993. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University. Nathan taught at Crane Middle School (1998 - 2000), Monett Middle School and High School (2000 - 2008), and Republic Middle School (2008 - 2011) before retiring due to health issues and complications from the epidermoid. Nathan enjoyed his years of teaching math and coaching soccer. Nathan loved working with teenagers and served as the Youth Pastor at Battlefield First Baptist Church after recovering from surgery in 2011.

Nathan is survived by his wife, Mary Martha, and their four children; Laura, Alex, Kate, and Meg all of the home. His parents, James M. and Karen (Hollingshad) Nave. Two brothers; Jonathan Nave, and Justin (Dana) Nave. His in-laws Ed and Sharon (Marion) Miller, brother-in-law Michael (Crystal) Miller and sister-in-law Margee (Bill) Murty. Nieces; Timbre (Jon) Leeks; Rylee and Reagan Miller; Bella Popowsky and Sierra Thomas, and Nephews; Dayton Murty, Reese Miller, Benjamin Nave, and Finn Nave. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Nathan was preceded in death by his grandparents; JD and Nova Nave, Darleen Jackson Nave, Budd and Mary Helen Hollingshad.

Nathan was passionate about serving the Lord and loving people. He was an amazing full-time dad and loving husband. He loved his family fiercely and protectively. He believed in building relationships. Nathan always asked how you were and wanted to know the answer. He enjoyed leading youth activities, hunting, knife-making, and traveling with Mary Martha and the kids. He is remembered as a kind and gentle man who made others feel welcomed and loved.

Services for Nathan will take place at Battlefield First Baptist Church, 5010 S. State Highway FF. A Fellowship will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. We will share stories, pictures, and desserts in Nathan's honor. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Linked Youth at Battlefield First Baptist Church in memory of Nathan. This fund is used to allow students to attend camp, mission trips, and other events.
Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 8, 2018
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