MISSOULA - Donald Duane Nurse, 65, went to join his beloved wife Phyllis on Sunday, March 1, 1998.
He was born Nov. 13, 1932, to Edward and Edith Nurse in Missoula.
After graduating from Missoula County High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955 with the 82nd Airborne Division.
On Aug. 31, 1957, he married Phyllis Ann Franzen in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. They made their loving home together in Missoula for the next 40 years.
Don greatly enjoyed bowling, fishing and camping. He was also an active member of the Moose for many years and possessed a passion for education, thinking you are never too old to learn, and that knowledge is never wasted. His employment covered a wide range of skills, including; sales representative, U. S. Postal Service, Clover Club, Pepsi-Cola and finally, City Electric, where he spent many happy years.
Even in the face of his own illness and that of his wife, he never lost his sense of humor and passed from this life into the next with courage and dignity.
Preceding him in death were his dear wife Phyllis; his parents; a much loved stepfather Cordy Frailey; and a brother in childhood.
He is survived by daughter Debra and Michael Mandell and their children, Matthew and Elizabeth; daughter Susan and Tracy Wycoff and their children, Erica, Randee and Jason; son Edward and Cheryl Nurse and their children, Edward and Donald; daughter Dawn Nurse and Terry Marriott and their child Courtney; daughter Rhonda and Tim Garcia. Also surviving him are his sisters, Jean Young, Carol Coverdale, Linda Frailey, Ellen Bodeen, Edith Olsen and Rosemarie Thompson.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at The Salvation Army Corps., 135 Knowles. Reception at the Moose Lodge, 140 W. Pine, will immediately follow the services.
Memorial gifts may be made in light of his love for education to Valley
Christian School or to the Moose Building Fund.