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Edward Henry Gustav Nimmer

Oct 20, 1924 - Dec 19, 2021


Edward Henry Gustav Nimmer, 97, passed into eternal life on December 19th, 2021. Ed was born on October 20th, 1924, to Edward & Hanna (Hinz) Nimmer in Milwaukee. From his earliest years of schooling, Ed set himself apart as a gentle, hardworking, and humble soul. After graduating from Lutheran High School in 1942, Ed enrolled in the Engineering program with UW-Extension.
On July 1st, 1943, Ed enlisted in the US Navy. Following his training, he was assigned to the 18th Special Naval construction Battalion in Davisville, RI. For the remainder of WWII, he served as a US Navy SeaBee in locations throughout the South Pacific as part of the supply chain, ensuring necessary goods reached the front lines. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on May 3rd, 1946.
That fall, Ed enrolled in UW-Madison to complete his BS in Metallurgical Engineering. It was in choir practice at a chapel on campus where he met and began courting his forever sweetheart, Evelyn J. Smith. Ed graduated in 1949, and “Ed and Ev” were married on July 14th, 1951. They soon settled in West Allis, where they had four children: Emily Matthews (Alastair), Margaret Callens (Anthony), Eric Nimmer (Ramona), and Thomas Nimmer (Xiaodong).
Ed enjoyed a successful career over the years, earning his MS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1957, and working for such companies as Briggs & Stratton, Ladish, Murphy Diesel, and Harley-Davidson. In retirement, Ed and Ev travelled to destinations throughout Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and Greece. They were also devoted to spending as much time as possible with their sixteen grandchildren: Alan, Austin, Chloë, Eva, George, Hannah (Samuel), Helen (Carlos), Iain (Paly), Joshua (Sarah), Karl (Jessica), Laura (Trevor), Lydia (Micheal), Miranda, Sarah, Whitney, and Zachary. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, his brothers George and Albert, and his sister Charlotte, and his legacy now lives on in 11 great-grandchildren: Andrew, August, Benjamin, Cameron, David, Elena, Evelyn, Friedrich, Jordan, Martin, and Reagan.
Ed is remembered for his love of family vacations at Lake Buckatabon, his Monopoly and Scrabble prowess, and his singular ability to crack a self-deprecating joke. He knew how to relish life’s simple joys: a meaningful card, a delicious meal. Ed was a humble servant of his Lord, and a polite, gentle soul to all. But Ed will be most remembered for his steadfast, adoring love of his dear wife Evelyn. Ed and Ev enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage together. Those years saw many beautiful moments: harmonizing silly tunes in the kitchen, seeing the world, and dancing at their grandchildrens’ weddings. While Ed will be dearly missed by family and friends, they take comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with Evelyn, and that they both now rest in the arms of the Lord.
Visitation: Friday, January 7th, from 3-6PM, at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S 12th St, Sheboygan, WI, and at the church one hour before the service on Saturday. Funeral: Saturday, January 8th, 11:00AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 Wisconsin Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081.
Special thanks to the residents and staff at Harvest Home in Howards Grove, where Ed was welcomed and cared for as part of the Bancroft House family for the past 4 years. Thanks also to Heartland Hospice staff for their attentive care these past months. And a heartfelt thank you to the Reverend John Berg of Trinity Lutheran Church, for lovingly tending to his dear lamb Edward, providing the One Thing needful as Ed left this veil of tears to enter his heavenly home.

Church Service

Date: Saturday Jan 8, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]


Date: Saturday Jan 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]


Date: Friday Jan 7, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Alan W. Sponseller

My condolences to the family. I hope this isn't inappropriate, but I wanted to share this: My Dad and "Henry" were fast lifelong friends from virtually the minute they met each other in the service of the 18th Special. I have tons of letters, Christmas cards, etc., from either Ed or Evelyn to my Dad that he saved, dating back as far as 1947 and only ending with my father's passing in 2007. I know they attended many SeaBee reunions together. My Dad would write home to his folks of their exploits during their Navy days. Since my retirement a couple years ago, I have been sorting through and cataloging my Dad's correspondence and other papers, and I have been curious about some of his old high school pals and Navy mates. Your dad, grandpa, and great-grandfather sounds like a stand-up guy, and immesurably enriched my father's life.

Susan Steffen

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. He was such a wonderful man and we had many happy times together. I know you will take great comfort in knowing he is now safe with Jesus and your mom.

Ken and Gail Breitenfeldt

We are saddened to hear of Ed's passing. We are long time members of St.Johns in Milwaukee. For most of our years as members Ed and Evelyn were there every Sunday being a guiding example of a Christian couple always showing love. God surely put them in our lives to show us the way. Ed was a leader in our congregation, ajlways willing to help us do the work of the Lord. In many ways. Our son is a Badger engineering graduate just like Ed. While my son was in school Ed shared many conversations with my son about engineering and Badger sports. Fond memories May you find comfort knowing Ed is with our Savior.

Jim Myers

My condolences to the Nimmer family from a Badger Metallurgist.

Susan A Nohl

We loved playing Scrabble with Ed at Generations. He was always positive and smiling. He was also very knowledgeable about many things. He will be dearly missed. The Scrabble Gang: Sue Nohl Ann Krueger Diane Hudson

Dave and Mary Zumstein and family

We are sorry for your loss. He sounded like an amazing man. You must all be very proud that he was your father, grandfather and great grandfather. God bless your family.

Kris Jeske Metzger

Emily-Eric-Margaret-Thomas: your Dad was an exceptional man, so gifted, yet so humble. And such a man of faith. What a blessing he is HOME! My parents thought so highly of Ed and Evelyn. God grant you all peace. Kris Jeske Metzger