Minister Ervin Nightengale was born to Abraham and Elizabeth Wedel Nightengale on July 18, 1922 in Montezuma, Kansas. He passed away on November 12, 2021 at the age of 99 years, 3 months, and 25 days at the Scott County Hospital, Scott City, Kansas. He moved with his family at a young age to Haskell County, Kansas where he grew to manhood, receiving his education at the local Independence School.
At the age of sixteen, Dad heard the call of God and became converted, never doubting that cornerstone of his faith. He was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, by Min. Ervin Harms on January 31, 1939 at Copeland, Kansas. Though life brought its challenges, Dad remained faithful to these vows to the very end.
On November 27, 1947 Dad was married to Juanita Unruh by Min. Ed. Frank at Copeland, Kansas, sharing a blessed life together of exactly 63 years. To this union were born three sons. Dad loved each of his children and grandchildren, taking a special interest in the call of God to each one and rejoicing when forgiveness was found.
Dad was a farmer, never tiring of long days and hard work. He was deeply grateful for the material success he experienced, and very much rejoiced in the success of others as well. The reports his parents and others shared of the hardships of life in Russia made a lasting impression on his young mind and he was very grateful to God for the opportunities this new land afforded. As a family, we have been richly blessed by Dad’s vivid details, graphic expressions, and keen memories of life's experiences.
Dad was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on March 26, 1950 at Scott City, Kansas by Min. Frank Wenger. Evangelism became the interest and passion of his life, having a special way to bring to life the familiar accounts of the Bible in a convicting and memorable way. Dad was blessed with a remarkable memory, which served him well in his labors. The Gift of Calvary was often the subject of his messages and testimonies, being very dear to his heart. His last testimony was of preparedness only because of Calvary.
Those left to cherish his memory are three sons: James and Elaine Nightengale, Charles and Phyllis Nightengale, and Mark and Barbara Nightengale, all of Scott City, Kansas; nine grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Brothers in law Eugene and Janice Unruh; Sam Jr. and Jan Unruh, Montezuma, Kansas, sisters in law Vada Unruh, Maxine and Eldon Schmidt, Sylvia and Delton Wedel, Jeanette and DeVern Nightengale, Montezuma, Kansas, and many relatives and friends.
Those who have preceded him in death are his wife, Juanita, his parents, parents in law; three brothers, Albert, Emil, and John; three sisters, Lydia, Leona, and Lorene: six brothers in law, and eight sisters in law.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the Scott Mennonite Church in Pence, Kansas with Ray Frank, Daniel Koehn, and Sam Unruh Jr. presiding. Audio live streaming can be heard at: https://listentochurch.com/listen/scottcity
Memorials may be made to the Gospel Tract & Bible Society in care of Price & Sons Funeral Homes.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.
Internment will be in the Scott Mennonite Church Cemetery in Pence, Kansas.