Dalton — Nelson R. Wenger, age 76, of Dalton, died Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, following a period of declining health.
Nelson was born on February 5, 1945, in Wooster, to Ray and Mary (Good) Wenger and graduated from Dalton High School in 1963. He married Phyllis M. Wenger on August 8, 1970 in North Lawrence and she survives.
He was the owner and operator of his family farm for most of his life.
Nelson was a member of East Union Mennonite Church where he taught Sunday School and served as a Trustee. He will be remembered by his church and community as the guy who could fix almost anything and always had tools in his pockets. He enjoyed working on his farm, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and his dog, Sassy.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Phyllis, are four sons, Lynn (Debra) Wenger of Dalton, Michael (Rita) Wenger of Dalton, Terry (Shellie) Wenger of Apple Creek, and Mark (Melissa) Wenger of Dalton; 14 grandchildren, Bryce (Amanda), Natasha, Carmen, Brooke, Jessica, Jordan, Joey, Jamee, Meridith, Emma, Ellie, Sawyer, Caleb and Kate; great granddaughter, Eleanor; and four siblings, Nancy (Lyle) Kropf of Wickenburg, AZ, Leonard (Sharon) Wenger of Dalton, Wilbur (Mary) Wenger of Dalton, and Faye (Ray) Shaum of Orrville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant grandson, Aaron Samuel Wenger.
Services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at East Union Mennonite Church, 10678 Old Lincoln Way, Orrville, with Pastors Matt Eberly, Ray Shaum, and Lee Mummau officiating and will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/
aublefuneralhome. Burial will take place at church cemetery.
Friends may call on Wednesday at East Union Mennonite Church, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Due to the Covid pandemic, the family requests that those who are not feeling well or have had a recent exposure to Covid are asked to refrain from attending.
Memorials may be made to Heralds of Hope, P.O. Box 3, Breezewood, PA 15533, https://heraldsofhope.org/.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the staff at the Wooster Hospital ER, ICU, Progressive Care Unit, and Wooster Cancer Care for their loving and compassionate care of Nelson during his recent hospital stays.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.