Rev. Donald G. Nice | Regions
Pottstown – Reverend Donald G. Nice, 88, of Pottstown and formerly of the Jersey Shore, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021 at his Pottstown residence.
He was born December 11, 1932 in Nanticoke, Luzerne County, son of Andrew and Anna (Jurish) Nice. He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Bloomsburg University, and Gettysburg Theological Seminary.
Pastor Don was a Korean War veteran of the United States Army and a member of the United States Army Reserve. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville. Pastor Don was ordained on June 1, 1966 and moved to Jersey Shore in 1977, when he was appointed pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Church on Thompson Street. He retired in October 1998 after serving St. John for over 21 years.
Pastor Don has been involved in many volunteer and church membership activities; Camp Chaplain for Sequanota Outpost, South York District Cabinet, and Secretary, One Term, Delegate to LC.A. Semi-Annual Meetings: 1974, 1976 and 1980, York District Cabinet and Secretary, two terms, York County Council of Churches liaison with the Penna Ecumenical Relations Committee. Council of Churches, 2 terms, director of York County Council of Churches and chair of the Department of Ecumenical Concerns, two terms, assisted Dr Martin Tozer, Lutheran, and Dr Horace Sills, Evangelical Reformation in the dissolution of the St. Marks Union Church. He also sponsored a parolee, was president of the York County Pastoral Fellowship from 1971 to 1972, participated in Catholic / Lutheran dialogues – “The Papal Primacy”, supervised two seminarians in their off-site internships, a served as congregational “construction supervisors” for St. Paul’s, East Freedom Educational Unit and St. Jacob’s, York New Salem Education, several classrooms and office units, Central Penna. President of the Synod Committee of Deans, two terms, dean of the Williamsport District Cabinet, ELCA, two terms, dean of the Western Branch Conference, ELCA, two terms, elected representative of the Upper Susquehanna Synod Council, one term , elected representative of the Upper Susquehanna Synodal Clergy in Region 8 Council, 1987-1996, elected representative to the Upper Susquehanna Synod Advisory Committee, six, served on the initial Upper Synod transition team Susquehanna, to the ELCA Synod Nominating and Advisory Committee, Bishop Timlins’ invitation to act in 1985 as an Ecumenical Observer at the Completion Phase of the Diocesan Synod of Scranton II, served as the initial president of the Gettysburg / Susquehanna University seminary learning center and acting pastor for six congregations.
Pastor Don was proudly involved in many community volunteer activities; Claysburg, Pa., Moderator, director and first president of the public library, York New Salem, Pa. Fire company chaplain, director, treasurer and chairman of the finance committee of the Jersey Shore Public Library for 12 years, Commission of Jersey Shore Borough Public Service Police, 10, and eight-year chairman, director and director of Jersey Shore Y MCA, 2 terms, moderator, trustee / treasurer for the Lewis L. Carpenter Christian Athlete Memorial Award, 15 years, president, Jersey Shore Hospital Chaplaincy Committee, 4 years, Jersey Shore Social Ministry “The Love Center” director and treasurer, 6 years, president of the Jersey Shore Lions Club 1985-1986, chaplain and director of the Jersey Shore Fire Company, Member of the Upper Pottsgrove Emergency Response Committee, Chairman of the Upper Township of Pottsgrove Police Committee.
Pastor Don is survived by his wife, Elder Ruth (Volansky). They married on July 27, 1963, sharing 57 years together. He is survived by his children Lois Horne (Randall) of Millington, Tennessee and Jonathan Nice (Michele Byrnes) of Lansdale; two granddaughters, Emily and Sarah, her sister Evelyn Augustine and her niece Diane Augustine, both of Norristown. He was predeceased by his daughter, Ruth Ellen Nice in 2002.
The Tribute to the Life of Pastor Nice will take place on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church 229 South Broad Street Jersey Shore, PA 17740 with Reverend Dr. Kerry Aucker as officiant. A public visit will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Jersey Shore Cemetery where full military honors will be bestowed by the Jersey Shore Honor Guard.
Her family suggests that instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Ruth Ellen Memorial Scholarship, c / o Jonathan Nice, 2635 Shady Lane, Lansdale, PA 19446.
Arrangements have been made with Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home Jersey Shore.
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