Susan and Rick Nutzman

On Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, Heaven gained two angels. Living a life of 70 years full of love and friendship, Susan and Rick Nutzman passed away together.  

Susan Marie (Hines) Nutzman was born on October 26th, 1952, in Fremont, Nebraska to Leonard and Beatrice Hines. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1971 and continued her education at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont where she received her teaching degree in 1976.  Susan was an amazing teacher and was honored with the Elk’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2013. She started teaching in Fremont, then moved to Falls City, Nebraska where she spent 39 years teaching Kindergarten, 5th and 6th grade, and retired in the spring of 2016. Susan was an exceptionally talented quilter and loved her Homemakers of the Hills and Just Us group gatherings. She was involved in many clubs and organizations in her community and was loved by many.

Ricky Evan Nutzman was born on May 5th, 1953, in Falls City, Nebraska to Edwin and Jean Nutzman. He attended Falls City Public School and graduated from Falls City High School with the class of 1971. After graduation, Rick then attended Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in Diesel Mechanics.  He was a fourth generation farmer, farming many acres in Nebraska and Missouri. Rick was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting and fishing.  He was a volunteer for the Falls City Rural Volunteer Fire Department. Rick was a father figure to so many and valued his family and friendships.  

Rick and Susan were united in marriage on March 10, 1979. Together they shared three amazing children, Cozett, Devan, and Derrick. They were also blessed with three adorable grandchildren, Quinne Alize, Lonnie Marie, and Declan William. Susan was a sister to Lenice Hines and shared her twin bond with Sally Hines. They are both preceded to death by her parents, Leonard and Beatrice Hines, her brother Lonnie Hines, his parents, Edwin and Jean Nutzman and sister Dania Nutzman.

Rick and Susan are survived by their loving children: Cozett Knight and her husband Isaac, Devan Nutzman and his partner Andy Sayborivong, and Derrick Nutzman and his wife Bonnie, grandchildren: Quinne Alize, Lonnie Marie and Declan William.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held jointly at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th Street in Falls City, Nebraska with Pastors Will Certain and Randy Seedorff officiating.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at Prichard Auditorium in Falls City.  Family will be greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the auditorium.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Williamsville Cemetery in rural Falls City, Nebraska.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family’s choice with a later designation.

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Services entrusted to Hall Funeral Home-2403 Harlan St.-Falls City, NE 68355 (402) 245-3131

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