Elroy R. Nussbaum, 91, of Berne, Indiana passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Swiss Village in Berne. He was born December 26, 1929 in Monroe to Philip and Margaret (Steury) Nussbaum. He married Edna Keeney May 29, 1955.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged following his tour of duty. He was a lifelong member of Berne Evangelical Church in rural Berne. Being active in church was important to him as he would frequently serve as an usher and deacon. Additionally, along with his wife, they served as youth directors as their children grew up.
He retired in 1983 from International Harvester in Ft. Wayne (with his twin brother, Leroy). Following his retirement, he drove cars for Custom Car Care in Decatur.
Spending time with his family brought him great enjoyment. He would play with his great-grandchildren on the floor and get to their level. He loved planting and maintaining a garden, watching NASCAR, his community, traveling throughout the United States with Edna, making homemade ice cream, ketchup on everything, and had a great sense of humor, telling jokes…over and over and over. An accomplishment he was proud of was participating in the Flat 50 Bicycle Race well into his 80s. While at Swiss Village, he was very active in playing pool with other residents and other area nursing homes.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years; three daughters, Cheryl L.(Rick) Hoffman of Johnstown, Colorado, Teresa D. (David) Unkefer of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Suzanne K. Loshe of Monroe; brother, Philip J. (Martha) Nussbaum of Lake James; 10 grandchildren, Amy (Doug) Cash, Lauren Unkefer, Andrew (Kelsey) Unkefer, Sarah-Kate Unkefer, Matt (Laura) Loshe, Amber (Ryan) Landis, Jared (Kiesha) Anderson, April Mallory, Ashley (Rob) Plummer, and Jason (Natalie) Anderson; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Darla Anderson; grandson, Jonathan Hewitt; two great-grandsons, Dayvien Wheeler and Isaac Anderson; twin brother, Leroy Nussbaum; and sister, Lorena Lichtenberger.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Thursday, October 7 at Berne Evangelical Church with Pastor Bruce Rocke officiating. Masks will be required when greeting the family. Burial will follow in the Berne Evangelical Cemetery. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the Zwick & Jahn Facebook page and following the service, it will be available on the Zwick & Jahn website.
Preferred memorials can be given to Berne Evangelical Church.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne, Indiana.