Nitz Herbert


Herbert Albert Nitz, Jr.

suddenly Herbert began his last cruise-to Heaven-on April 20, 2013. Herb was born to Herbert Albert Nitz, Sr. and Estella (Lillibridge) Nitz on August 19, 1927 in Tyro, Montgomery Co., Kansas. Herb graduated from Neodesha, Kansas High School in 1945 and joined the US Navy where he served from 1945 to 1947 (mostly aboard the USS Leary). After discharge he attended the University of Missouri and University of Arkansas where he graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1954. At University of Arkansas he met his wife Frances (aka Leslie) Sue Turley on a blind date to attend his Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity spring formal. They would have been married 60 years on July 10, 2013. Sue, and children, Herbert Jonathan Nitz of SaddleBrooke and Janci Sue Nitz Matykiewicz (Mrs. Andrew) of Green Cove Springs, Florida and grandchildren, Lt. Charles Edward Matykiewicz, a Navy pilot of the Royal Maces Squadron aboard the USS George Washington and Emily Sue Matykiewicz, graduate student at Florida State University Tallahassee, FL. survive. Brother Paul G. Nitz (Helen Zoe) of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Dick Conrey of Siloam Springs; brother-in-law, Edward Turley, Jr. (Kate) of Houston, Texas and nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack Dalhart Nitz (an Airforce pilot lost in the Sea of Japan in 1960); his parents, Herb and Estella Nitz and sister, Charlene Nitz Conrey and his first son, Richard Stephen Nitz who died shortly after birth in 1954. Herb taught Junior High and was assistant football coach in Belton, Missouri and then he taught math and became assistant football coach at Burlington, Kansas High School. He joined Western Electric as an engineer in 1957 in Chicago and was transferred to the SAGE defense project at Stewart Air Force base in Newburgh, New York in 1958. When the SAGE project ended he worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey and then transferred to Illinois Bell Labs. He retired in 1989. He and Sue lived in Wheaton, Illinois for 27 years and moved to SaddleBrooke in 1993. Herb enjoyed people, playing golf, bridge, watching football and reading spy novels. Herb and Sue shared a love of travel; especially attending Elderhostels and cruising. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed for his light hearted personality, humor and love. A Service will be held at VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Herb's ashes will later be buried in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to the University of Arkansas library in memory of Herb.