Neal C. Nash

Born: Sun., Mar. 30, 1919
Died: Thu., Jan. 1, 2015


Gathering of Family and Friends

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 17, 2015
Location: Tippecanoe Place


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Neal C. Nash, 95, of the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, to Neal and Mae (Bolenbaugh) Nash on March 30, 1919, and died after a brief illness on January 1, 2015. On June 2, 1951, he married Doris Paris, who preceded him in death in 2000. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Gail Nash, Dwight Nash, Keith Nash, Robert Nash and Max Nash; and his sister, Susan Reasoner. He is survived by his children, David (Sharon) Nash, Lynn (Charles) Spiher and Ann Carol (John Mortakis) Nash; as well as by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. Neal grew up on a farm owned by the Carlisle family, relatives of the Studebakers, where his father farmed and kept all machines running. He passed along the diligence, honesty, responsibility, and numerous other virtues he learned there. The whole family benefitted from the know-how he gained growing up on a farm. There was nothing he couldn't fix. During World War II Neal served as a mechanic in the United States Army, stationed in Kansas, Florida and Europe. For 49 years he worked as a draftsman in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. His drawings contributed to many scholarly publications. He thoroughly enjoyed his scientific work and friendly and supportive co-workers. Neal's retirement job was "Grandpa" and "Grandpa Great," shopping, eating out and attending gatherings with his favorite people, his family. He was a fixture at the Farmers Market every Saturday. After breakfast with his son-in-law and visiting vendors, he could be found sitting on the "liars' bench" with other gentlemen waiting for the women to finish shopping. The family wishes to thank the wonderful people who cared for Neal. All the staff at the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, nurses, aides, housekeepers, cooks, social workers, administrators and everyone else there gave him a beautiful, happy home and place to rest. He also was treated with great skill and compassion by the wonderful medical staff and others at both St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. Family and friends are invited to an Open House to celebrate Neal's life on Saturday, January 17, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, 620 West Washington, South Bend, IN. Contributions in Neal's memory may be made to the History Museum of South Bend (formerly the Center for History), 808 West Washington, South Bend, IN 46601; or to Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, 53105 North Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46635. E-mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com

Charitable donations may be made in Neal's memory to the following organizations:

History Museum of South Bend (formerly the Center for History)
808 West Washington, South Bend, IN 46601

Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren
53105 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635

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John LoSecco
   Posted Tue January 13, 2015
To Friends and Family:

As one who knew Neal at the physics department, I want to express the pleasure of having
worked with him. Neal was always enthusiastic and very careful. Thanks for the significant
contribution that he made to my publications.

John LoSecco