Nov. 23, 1920 – April 19, 2012
Funeral services for Jack Nisselius, longtime editor and publisher of the Gillette News-Record, were held April 28 at the First Baptist Church in Gillette. Jack, 91, died April 19 at the Close to Home Hospice and Hospitality House.
He was born Nov. 23, 1920, in Newcastle, the only child of Arthur and Hazel Kimball Nisselius. From his infancy until he was in the third grade, the family lived in Gillette. The family moved to Spearfish, S.D., where they resided until Jack entered his junior year of high school, at which time the family moved back to Gillette.
He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1928. He then attended the University of Wyoming for two years. Jack transferred to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1942.
Jack served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 until June 1946 when he received his discharge at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.
He married Christine R. Rutherford on Nov. 14, 1943 in Cleburne, Texas.
He was recalled into the Korean conflict in November 1950 and served 18 months.
In the time between the two wars, Jack joined his father in The News-Record. A long-time friendship with Bruce Kennedy (late publisher of the Greybull Standard) led to a partnership and a group of newspapers was formed. The two were partners for 20 years until Bruce’s death in an automobile accident.
Jack was an active member of the First Baptist Church, a 60-year member of the Lions Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce, served four years on the Campbell County Heath Care Foundation and a member of the Wyoming Press Association, serving as president in 1972.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and son, James “Jim” Nisselius.
He is survived by his wife Christine of Gillette; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Scott Tenney of Sheridan; daughter-in-law Barbara Nisselius of Gillette; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.