Myrl Andrew Nafziger, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, March 30.
He was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Chenoa, Illinois, to John Monroe and Anna Elizabeth (Litwiller) Nafziger. Myrl grew up in Hopedale, Illinois. He graduated from Goshen College in 1950 and Northwestern University Medical School in 1954.
He married Twila June Hostetler June 22, 1952.
Myrl served a one-year internship at Akron Children's Hospital, followed by a residency in pediatrics. In 1957, he moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, and opened his pediatric office. Dr. Nafziger retired from full-time practice in 1992. In 2012, he moved to Greencroft Goshen and joined Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.
Myrl was a devoted father and grandfather and lived a full life of service to his family, church and community. He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church from 1957-2012. He was actively involved with the Wadsworth Hospital Mental Health Committee, Wadsworth Rittman Hospital Medical Staff, Wadsworth Shade Tree Commission, Rotary, and was team doctor for numerous Wadsworth High School sport teams.
His primary hobby was flower and vegetable gardening. He was known for his sense of humor and beautiful orchids, African violets, geraniums, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
Myrl was predeceased by his wife, Twila; brother, John Marvin Nafziger; and sister, Mary Katherine Nafziger.
He is survived by his children, Mark (Cleo) Nafziger, Logan, Utah, Ned (Jane Yousey) Nafziger, Canton, Ohio, Anne (Joseph S. Bertino Jr.) Nafziger, Schenectady, New York, Daniel (Evie) Nafziger, Goshen, and Jon (Carol Grace Hurst) Nafziger, Crozet, Virginia; grandchildren, Justin (Riona Skinner), Seth, Alanna, Adam, Gaia, Benjamin, David and Jaimie Bertino, Christopher (Ashley) Bertino, Elizabeth (Jordan Miller), Lucas, Joel, Anna, Andrew, Michael and Gabriel; four great-grandchildren; sister, Anna Ruth (Maynard) Good; sisters-in-law, Marian Hostetler, Doris (James) Miller and Beth (Lee Roy) Berry; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Friends may call Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, 2509 Berkey Ave., Goshen.
Private burial will be at Elkhart Prairie Cemetery, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 30, 2017