The oldest man in Greencreek, an active farmer for nearly 70 years, a man who never left a room without knowing the age of all of the older people present – Bart Nuxoll, 87, passed away on Sept. 1, 2015, of pancreatic cancer.
Bartholomew Barnabas Nuxoll was born on March 18, 1928, in Greencreek, Idaho, the fifth of 10 children of Frank W. and Anna (Koepl) Nuxoll. He received his education in Greencreek, graduating from high school in 1946, and continued to work both on the family farm and for neighbors.
In December, 1949, his 55-year-old father passed away unexpectedly and at age 21, Bart became the head of his mother's household and the family farm, supporting his mom, 4-year-old sister, and 11, 15 and 17-year-old brothers. During those hard times, he learned to make a little stretch far. When the old barn fell down, he salvaged the lumber and used it to build a new one and he was able to keep old machinery running almost indefinitely, a feat of which he was quite proud.
Bart met Lorraine Uptmor on a dance floor in 1951 and they married Jan. 3, 1953, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Keuterville and then moved in with the groom's mother and Bart’s four siblings. They lived there for six months until Bart completed building their home next door; hauling two trees the couple received as a wedding gift to the local sawmill for the lumber, and sand up the old grade from Clarkston for the cement.
The couple had seven daughters and one son during the next 12 years and in an effort to provide more activities for them, Bart bought 140 pairs of skates from John and Dick Tierney. With the help of Lloyd Nuxoll, Roy Powell, Ray Terhaar and Henry Wassmuth, he provided roller skating in Greencreek for about 15 years.
Because he loved working outdoors, Bart never retired and continued to actively farm in Greencreek until June, sharing equipment and tasks with his brother, Lloyd. For 40 years, he also worked as a director for Idaho County Mutual Fire Insurance.
It was only fitting that Bart met Lorraine on a dance floor as dancing remained his favorite activity. He loved to dance in Cottonwood on Saturday nights with a host of friends and for the last 15 years, danced at least once a week at many venues from Stites to Clarkston. He did a lot of fishing with his kids at Winchester Lake, bowled for years and traveled all around the U.S. with family and friends. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish and Society, the Elks and Lions Club.
Lorraine, his wife of 62 years, survives him along with his eight children, Beth (Tim) Forsmann, Joyce Nuxoll, Kay (Keith) Youngren, Amy (Bob) Tacke, Carla (Jeff) Wilkins, Mellody Gregg, Steve (Judy) Nuxoll and Lynnae (Mark) Iffrig; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandsons; two brothers, Art and Lloyd.
Preceding him in death were his son-in-law, Doug Gregg; two brothers, Robert and Donald; and five sisters, Alvira Fowler, Clara Morris, Alice Kowalski, Pauline Frei and Isabel West.
Services were held at St. Anthony’s Church on Sept. 4. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood or Syringa Hospice.
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