May 032013

The most loving heart to ever beat stopped at 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Flagstaff Medical Center as Harold Nimtz, 91, passed away. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Winslow Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with visitation one hour prior in the Relief Society room. A visitation will be also held from 5 to 7 o’clock tonight (May 3) at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel in Winslow. Interment will follow at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Harold Edward Nimtz was born in Chicago, Ill., to Fred and Erna Nimtz on July 4, 1921, and was so proud that the entire nation always celebrated his birthday with fireworks!
He had a marvelous life, graduating from Lane Technical High School in Chicago in June 1940. During school he worked as a pinsetter at Cadland Bowling Lanes and at Sherman’s Cities Service Station. When World War II broke out he worked for a time in the Portland, Ore., shipyards.
Upon entering the service, he served as an airborne medic with the 13th Airborne Division, 222nd Medical Company from 1943 to 1946–Africa to Berlin.
Upon returning from the service he worked as a heavy duty truck mechanic at International Harvester in Chicago. After several years he moved west (where it was warm) and purchased a Texaco service station and motel in Joseph City, where he lived from 1948 to 1959. He then moved to Winslow and operated Harold’s Texaco for several years. His last move was to purchase Oasis Package Liquors in 1960, which he operated until his death.
In the midst of all these jobs he managed to become a life member of BPOE Lodge No. 2450, American Legion, VFW, AOPA, NRA, Lane Alumni Association, Navajo County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, and Navajo County Sheriff’s Retirement Board (the last original member from 1960). He was also a past Winslow Airport commissioner, Little League, Babe Ruth and girl’s softball coach, youth bowling instructor, Boy Scout leader and Girl Scout dad. He was a past state president and past district deputy of the Arizona State Elks Association.
He is survived by his wife Bunny, whom he married on Dec. 12, 1969, and they were blessed with the two best children on earth, daughter Nicole (Robert) and son Harold II (Christina), and extended family and a host of wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Harold’s name would be appreciated to: Honor Flight Arizona, P.O. Box 12258, Prescott, Ariz. 86304; or Holbrook Elks Lodge No. 2450, 714 Elkdom Ave., Holbrook, Ariz. 86025. Please indicate on the memo line: “In memory of Harold Nimtz.”harold nimtz obit