In Memory of LaNair "Nib" Niblock

LaNair "Nib" Niblock
LaNair "Nib" Niblock
Born: October 8, 1921
Died: September 2, 2016
Age: 94
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LaNair "Nib" Niblock
October 8, 1921 - September 2, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

LaNair “Nib” Niblock, age 94, of Nevada, died Friday, September 2, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with military honors conducted by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  Pastor David R. Burling will officiate.  Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.  Private family burial will be in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery. 

Born October 8, 1921, in Andrew, Iowa, LaNair Charles Niblock was the son of Charles and Mary Niblock.  He attended Andrew Community School, graduating in 1940.  In 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army with the 314th Combat Engineers and served in the European Theatre in France and Germany.  After being honorably discharged in 1945, Nib worked 12 years as a surveyor for the DOT and doing photogrammetry in the Ames office for 23 years, retiring in 1984.

Nib was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada Lions Club, and the American Legion.  In 1956, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Miller of Indianola, a kindergarten teacher at Nevada Elementary School.  They welcomed a son, James, in 1959.  Marilyn died in 1966.  On August 16, 1969, he married Dorothy (Thoreson) Nelson.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Norman) Corbin of Orlando, FL; three sons, Fred (Janet) Nelson of Glen Ellyn, IL, Paul Nelson of Wilmington, NC, and James (Mavis) Niblock of Largo, FL; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marilyn in 1966; his second wife, Dorothy in 2011; a daughter, Kathie in 2000; six sisters; one brother; one half-sister; and one half-brother.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of LaNair and his family.  Memorials in his name may be directed to Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, IA  50201.


Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM
“Jim and Family and Nelson Family,

You've been in my thoughts constantly these past few days. I'm sorry I couldn't be with you at visitation or Nib's funeral. The photo of Nib here is quintessential Nib! I smile every time I look at it. He was quite the guy. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. He was a true gentleman and a class act. My dad died 6 years ago this weekend (9/11/10). I'll bet he and Nib are doing a lot of catching up right now.

Jim, our two families go way back. I remember when Marilyn died. Oh, the sadness... The whole 16th Street neighborhood adopted you and your dad. I also tecall Esther Johnson staying with you when school was out in the summer. Oh, she loved you.

After awhile, Nib began dating a little. We all thought, "Good for him!" I was your babysitters some of those nights. I still chuckle when i think about the time Nib didn't come home until 5;30 a.m. I thought, "You go, Nib! :-)

Along came the lovely Dorothy Nelson and Nib was totally smitten. When they got married, it was supposed to be a small, private, family-only affair., I believe. Well, my mom, Esther Johnson and Rosalee Didericksen (sp?) weren't having any of that! They basically invited themselves and their families to Nib and Dorothy's wedding! How funny!

I remember how happy Nib and Dorothy were that day. I remember Kathie Nelson playing the organ. I also took notice of those HOT brothers of Kathy's. Ha!

You got a wonderful mom and instant siblings that day and two lovely people and their children, who had experienced more than their share of sadness in life became one, big happy family.

I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell any of you how lucky and blessed you have been.

Nib was loved by many and he live s long, full life.

My deepest sympathy to you all. Enjoy your memories.

Marcia Moore”
- Marcia Moore
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:17 PM
“I worked with him in the DOT in the 1980's. He was a good person to know.
He did great work. He put in his time and retired. I am sorry to see him go.”
- Richard O'Brien
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:04 AM
“Karen, and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. My sincere sympathy goes out to all of you at this time.”
- Betty Kindhart
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM
“We had the privilege to meet with Nib and his wife Dorothy in 2005 and 2009, as we were visiting Mike and Jeanne Coverdale. Later on, as his wife Dorothy passed away, we saw photos on Facebook when Nib and Mike had their adventures. Nib was always very interested in our stories about Europe and was telling us about WW II. A very nice and kind person. There must be a lot of memories to cherish and to remember Nib.
We will be thinking of you on Thursday, september 8th and in our prayers.
May you rest in peace, dear Nib.

Mink and Regina Sijtsma”
- Mink Sijtsma and Regina Sijtsma-Kamstra
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:33 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to the family of Nib... What an amazing man of loyalty,commitment and honor.
He will be sorely missed. We were honored to know him the short time that we did. Our prayers are with him and his family.”
- LTC (Retired) Matthew and Jody Brooke
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:33 PM
“ I was pastor for twelve years at the church Nib was closest to since we were across the street at St. Patrick's. Nib was always very ecumenical and very supportive and friendly. My prayer and sympathy to his family.”
- Fr. John Herzog
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“We first knew Nib during about 20 years in the Nevada Lions Club, and more recently in our twice weekly exercise class. Nib was such a fine gentle person and at the same time enjoyed teasing certain people in class, especially the young instructor. I know that every member of that group will greatly miss him. We certainly wish to extend our condolences to the family.
Larry and Joyce Pohlman”
- Larry and Joyce Pohlman
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“Jim and Family, We are sorry for you loss. Your dad was a very nice man always friendly. We will be thinking of you in the days to come take care. Gary and Mary Lou Flack”
- Mary Lou Flack
Monday, September 5, 2016 at 3:12 PM
“Paul, Fred, Karen and Jim:
We are so sorry to hear of Nib's passing. He was a wonderful man and a great friend and will be missed by many. Our condolences go out to all of you and your families.
Gale and Kae”
- Gale and Kae Stratton
Monday, September 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
- Gary Stratton
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11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor David R. Burling


Fritz Nelson
Tom Niblock
Matt Niblock
Aaron Hunt


5-7 p.m.
Wed., September 7, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, IA