|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1939|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 2007|
Lawayne T. Nusz, of Ames, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Israel Family Hospice House after a heroic five-year battle with renal cell cancer. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a memorial service at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St.
Arrangements are pending in Oklahoma that include visitation at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Watonga, Okla., and a memorial service at Mennonite Brethren Church in Okeene, Okla. Burial will be in Peaceful Cemetery in Hitchcock, Okla.
Lawayne Thomas Nusz was born Aug. 18, 1939, on the family farm outside Hitchcock, Okla., to Henry and Iva (Hoffman) Nusz. He grew up on a farm and began his formal education at Arapahoe Country School, graduating from Okeene High School, Okeene, Okla., in 1957. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from Oklahoma State University in 1961. He served as a first class hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy for two years before returning to Oklahoma State University to obtain his doctor of veterinarian medicine in 1970.
His veterinary career began in New Jersey in 1970. His interest in livestock led him to northeast Iowa to start his own practice, Town and Country Veterinarian Clinic, which he owned and operated for 14 years. Following his career in private practice, he began a career in public service with the state of Virginia as a regional veterinary supervisor in Harrisonburg, Va. He ended his working career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Animal Disease Center. After 15 years of federal service as a supervising veterinarian in animal resources, he retired in 2006. His veterinary career took him across the globe to New Zealand, Russia, Sweden and Uzbekistan.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Ann (Wagner) Nusz, of Ames; and his children, Lara (Matthew) Hicok, of Ames, Eileen (Eric) Canafax, of Skokie, Ill., and David (Marievic) Nusz, of Gettysburg, S.D. He also is survived by four grandchildren as well as his mother, Iva Nusz, of Watonga, Okla.; and one brother, Lonnie (Donna) Nusz, of Mansfield, Texas.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen Henry; an infant granddaughter, Mariel; his father, Henry; and one sister, Marietta (Kenneth) Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society for Renal Cell Cancer Research
Created by: Burt
Record added: Nov 08, 2007
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