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John Thomas Nannemann, Sr., age 75, of Bismarck, Arkansas, passed away on February 8, 2017, after a battle with cancer. John was born January 19, 1942, to the late Joseph and Marie (Ballenger) Nannemann. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Donna Rae Nannemann. Left to cherish his memory are his five children John Nannemann, Jr. (Kathy), Robert “Bobby” Nannemann (Susan), Diane Moellers (Robert), Sarah Gentry (Kevin), and Debra Schoultz (Matt). He is also survived by his biggest fan club, his 15 grandchildren: Luke, Max, Rachel, and Anthony Nannemann, Matthew Nannemann, Mark, Anne, Kate, Paul, Joseph and Marie Moellers, Chase Gentry, and Alex, Claire and Grant Schoultz. He is survived by one sister, Mary Lou Seeley and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Joseph Nannemann and Baby Nannemann.
John enjoyed two very different careers. He worked as a Tech Specialist at IBM for 33 years. After retiring from IBM, he started Nannemann Farms, building and operating three chicken houses as well as a herd of cattle. He farmed for 23 years. Along the way, he made many lifelong friends.
He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Malvern, Elks Lodge #380, Cattleman’s Association, and IBM Quarter Century Club. He was a founding member of New DeRoche Volunteer Fire Department. He also served in the Army National Guard.
One of John’s favorite pastimes was dancing. He and Donna attended weekly dances in Malvern, Arkadelphia, and Hot Springs. Other hobbies he enjoyed were deer hunting, camping with his family at Cherokee Village, playing solitaire, and joking around with his grandkids.
John was a jack-of-all-trades. Whenever any of his kids or grandkids had something break – from appliances to autos – they called on the expertise of Grandpa.
John loved spending time on his farm tending the cows. He enjoyed tickling his grandkids, giving them rides on his tractor, and pushing them into the pool.
John was a loving husband, an amazing daddy, an awesome grandpa, and a friend to everyone. He will be dearly missed.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Muldoon and staff at Genesis Cancer Center and the staff at Arkansas Hospice.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be Monday, 5:00-7:00 pm at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Rosary beginning at 7:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church, 1114 Pine Bluff Street, Malvern, Arkansas with Father Phillip Reaves officiating.
Burial will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Arkansas Hospice. Please ask that acknowledgements be sent to Donna Nannemann.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
P.O. Box 2222
Little Rock, AR 72203
14 Parkstone Circle
North Little Rock, AR 72116
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