Nyce, Dr. Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert Wynne Nyce, M.D., 85, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Sept. 28, 2011, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

He was born July 24, 1926, in Souderton, Pa., to the late Wynne J. and Grace (Nice) Nyce. He married Ruth O. Yoder on Aug. 2, 1950, in Louisville, Ohio, and she survives.

Bob grew up in Doylestown, Pa., and graduated from Doylestown High School in 1944. After high school he joined the Civilian Public Service (CPS) to serve during World War II. His experiences during his CPS work led him to consider a medical career. He attended Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., where he met Ruth, and they moved to Pennsylvania where Bob graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. In July 1956, Bob and Ruth moved to Fayette, where Doc began his medical practice that lasted for 47 years, retiring in 2003.

“Doc Nyce” was very involved in his community, serving as a member of the Gorham-Fayette Board of Education, Park Board and Fayette Lions Club. He was an avid supporter of the Fayette Opera House. His devotion to his community was recently publicly recognized with the dedication of “Nyce Drive” in Fayette.

He enjoyed camping trips, listening to music, reading and photography. He was very proud of his involvement in delivering hundreds of babies into this world. Bob was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two daughters, Karen (and Randy) Stuckey of West Unity, Ohio, and Susan (and Kirk) Stiffney of Goshen; two sons,  Richard (and Eileen) Nyce of Pettisville, Ohio, and Phil (and Maribeth) Nyce of Millbury, Mass.; siblings, Joyce (and Millard) Osborne of Harrisburg, Pa., Donald (and Faye) Nyce of Lancaster, Pa., and John (and Dorothy) Nyce of Goshen; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Jonathan, Rustin, Matthew, Hope, Kyle, Joshua, Aaron, Peter, and David; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Jay Nyce, in 1986.

A memorial service is planned at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold with Pastors Jeff Kauffman and Mona Sauder officiating. Private interment will precede the service at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, and also from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations  are suggested to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) or to Goshen College. 

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