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The Reverend Dr. Richard Hays “Dick” Neiderhiser, 91, of Raymore, Mo., completed his Earthly mission on September 7, 2022. He lived his life in service to God and humanity through the Church of the Nazarene. Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, he experienced God’s calling into the pastorate at the age of 14. He pursued his calling by attending Olivet Nazarene College and then Nazarene Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lucille were married 65 years before her passing. He pastored his first church at The Evangelical Brethren Church in Cummings, Kansas, and pastored churches in the Church of the Nazarene on its Pittsburgh, Northwest Indiana and Kansas City Districts. He finished his last active pastorate at Grandview Church of the Nazarene in Grandview, Missouri before going to the denomination’s mission field where he taught Bible and English and served on The Japanese Board of Regents at Japan Christian Junior College in Chiba, Japan. He held positions at Church of the Nazarene Headquarters in Kansas City, including Director of Young Adult Fellowship, Office Manager for the Department of Evangelism, member of Chaplaincy Advisory Committee and Editor for the Theological Transition Training and Content Manual for The Jesus Film. He held positions in the academic arena serving as Dean of Students and adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene College and associate director of the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary. His family and friends will also remember him as a renaissance man as he engaged in his passions of carpentry, classic automobile restoration and especially sacred music composition. He is survived by his four children, Cynthia Klaus (David), Brian Neiderhiser, James Neiderhiser (Dianna) and John Neiderhiser, and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 25, with memorial service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene , 11811 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114,. In lieu of flowers, Dick asked that he be remembered through contributions to shelterkc.org (A Kansas City Rescue Mission).Service Information:
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 25, with memorial service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene , 11811 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114,. In lieu of flowers, Dick asked that he be remembered through contributions to shelterkc.org (A Kansas City Rescue Mission).
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