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Galen Nighswonger

Galen Nighswonger

Sunday, October 17th, 1948 - Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
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Galen Nighswonger, 72, of Gering, NE, was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 22, 2020, after a courageous battle with COVID. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Kim Nighswonger; his daughters, GayLynn Hodges and Kara Berger; his sons, Todd and Josh Nighswonger; his siblings, Dennis Nighswonger and Lavonne Ward; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Karen Smith; brother-in-law, Kerry Smith; and an abundance of close family and friends.

Galen was born in Scottsbluff on October 17, 1948, and raised in La Grange, WY. He is the son of Harold and Wanda (Craton) Nighswonger, who preceded him in death. In his early years, Galen worked alongside his parents on the family ranch and farm. After graduating from La Grange High School in 1966, he attended John Brown University, earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 1971. Later, in 1998, he also received a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in education administration.

Galen had numerous jobs and avid interests throughout his life, garnering many accomplishments. What marked each pursuit was his passion for people. He was a man gripped by the love and grace of God. Because of the assurance that he received in Christ, Galen loved and cared for others extravagantly. Whether it was his wife, kids, grandkids, family, church, or friends, he found true fulfillment in sacrificially serving them so that they, too, might find joy in life and flourish. He was a dedicated educator, administrator, and coach who labored diligently so that students, teachers, and athletes might live to their fullest potential. He worked in banking and later served the people of Cheyenne, WY, on the mayor’s staff. In each vocation, whether for business or on behalf of the community, he tirelessly endeavored to see others thrive. His loss will be felt by many.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Grace Chapel in Scottsbluff from 3:00-5:00 pm. The funeral will be officiated by Bruce Peterson at Grace Chapel on Monday, November 30, 2020, beginning at 10:30 am. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Grace Chapel and the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolences may be made by visiting Galen’s memorial page at His service will be live streamed through Grace Chapel.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, November 29th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Grace Chapel
    300 Valley View Drive
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  • Service

    Monday, November 30th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, November 30th, 2020 10:30am
    Grace Chapel
    300 Valley View Drive
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    Pastor Bruce Peterson
  • Interment

    LaGrange Cemetery
    5310 Hwy 151
    LAGRANGE, WY 82221
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Vaughn and Debbie Patrick

Posted at 08:32pm
We are so sorry, Dear Friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kim and with all the family. We got to know Galen so much better during our trip to Alaska in 2019. We will always have so many fond memories of the time we spent together. Galen had such a quick wit and was so funny. His life was so very well-lived. The obituary was such a loving tribute to a life lived in service to the Lord. We know he loves his family deeply. We hope that time and prayers will lessen your sorrow as you remember him fondly. Your friends want to help you somehow. Vaughn and Debbie Patrick

MaryJane Prahl

Posted at 09:23pm
My sincere condolences for the loss of Galen. I went to school with him and enjoyed his sense of humor and good nature. He was a wonderful friend. Will keep your family in my prayers. MaryJane (Ward) Prahl.

Jean Kingery

Posted at 08:48pm
Our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious loved one. Todd is the pastor of our church and a dear brother in Christ. We are so sorry...
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Frank and Judy Taylor

Posted at 08:47pm
Galen, you will be missed but never forgotten. Your laugh and soft spoken words of inspiration will be forever with us. Rest In Peace Uncle Galen
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Fauneil Remsen

Posted at 03:43pm
I always remember Uncle Galen laughing and telling animated stories that made us laugh until tears ran down our faces.
And the pingpong matches in Grandpa and Grandma' s basement!!!
I have so much respect for him although I hadn't seen him in many, many years.
I am sorry to all of his family for the loss of such a treasure, but know that he is bringing joy to our loved ones in Heaven.

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