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Dwight C. Niese

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 13, 2020 @ 11:59 am In Obituaries | 34 Comments

Dwight Clarence Niese, who always made time for a cup of coffee with a friend while proudly wearing his alma-mater’s scarlet and grey, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

A beloved husband and father, Dwight was born and raised in Putnam County, Ohio, where his family farmed soybeans, corn and wheat. He graduated from THE Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) in 1971, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. During this time, Dwight met the love of his life, Linda. He swept her off her feet, and they were wed on August 7, 1971, and later welcomed two children into their family.

After college, a strong work ethic and love of country led Dwight to enlist in the Army and serve his country honorably. He also later went on to study Robotic Engineering at Lima Technical College, a subject he excelled at both scholastically and in his professional career. His work provided the opportunity for Dwight to become a world traveler who experienced many different cultures and returned home with many stories that he shared with family and friends.

Dwight and Linda raised their family in Putnam County, where they continued working the family farming business, and where Dwight also started his engineering career at Phillips Magnavox. He worked there for 10 years before taking a new job with Thomson and relocating to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – which Dwight jokingly referred to as “Pennsyltucky.” He disliked the potholes and traffic of the Keystone state but soon found a community of neighbors who he would come to call dear friends. Dwight enjoyed golfing with his buddies, getting Dairy Queen with Linda in his canary-yellow Corvette, watching old John Wayne movies in his man cave and completing the New York Times crossword puzzle. He was a good card player, and trivia wizard. Football season was holy. And when the first iPad landed under the Christmas tree years ago, he became a big fan of Monster Legends.

In addition to being a respected Quality Control Engineer, Veteran, Husband and Father, Dwight enjoyed being called ‘Pops.” He taught his grandson to ride a bicycle without training wheels, helped put together thousand-piece Star Wars legos, and loved giving rides on his green John Deere.

Dwight is survived by his wife Linda Niese; his daughter, Vanessa Frederick and her husband, Junius; his son, Damon Niese and his wife, Traci; his brother, Rene Niese and wife, Judy; his sister, Lucretia Rosengarten, and her husband Jerry; his grandchildren Saxon and Hayden; and several cousins, in-laws and friends he considered family.

For those whose lives were touched by Dwight C. Niese, services will be held at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 141 East Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The visitation will start at 9:30 AM and the service will begin at 11:00 AM. 

Condolences for the family of “Dwight C. Niese”

Condolence from Deb File on January 13th, 2020 4:11 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda.

Condolence from Kristin McClellan on January 13th, 2020 4:13 pm

To the family…our hearts break with you…we were blessed to have had met Dwight when he and Linda visited Damon and Tracie in VA. We shared many laughs out front sharing stories about PA Dutch country and Big 10 Football. Linda…please know we are lifting you up in prayer and thinking of you. Damon, Tracie, and Saxon…you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Amy McHugh on January 13th, 2020 5:13 pm

Dwight was truly a special man. He had a heart of gold anf a hilarious sense of humor. He always had the best stories that we would laught about often. We will always keep him in our thoughtful. Our sincere st condolences.

Condolence from Osher on January 13th, 2020 5:50 pm

No one can prepare for a loss, however take comfort in knowing that Dwight is now resting in the arms of our Lord.

Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

You will all be in our payers. Dave and Beth Osher

Condolence from Michelle Weaver on January 13th, 2020 8:03 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dwight. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
-Michelle & Dave Weaver

Condolence from Junius & Eartha Frederick on January 13th, 2020 8:42 pm

To: Linda, Vanessa, Damon & families… please accept our condolences during this difficult time. We offer you consolation thru’ a hymn of the church “Come Ye Disconsolate!” It is implied that the pains & sufferings here on earth, are no more, in Heaven! It states: “Earth has no sorrows, that Heaven cannot heal!” Your help comes from the Lord. With heartfelt sympathy,
Junius & Eartha Frederick

Condolence from Melissa Phillis on January 13th, 2020 10:15 pm

Deepest sympathies to the Niese family and friends that are extensions to family.

May the happy memories forever bond you and keep your loved one alive in your hearts forever.

God Bless
( former DVCC neighbor to Traci )

Condolence from Lynn Hershey on January 13th, 2020 10:49 pm

I am so sorry Linda. Dwight was a wonderful person. I will cherish the memories of our golf games with you both, and the the fun times we had getting together. I have such good memories of our times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. He was a very special man!

Condolence from Margie Wasiloff on January 13th, 2020 11:13 pm

Linda, I am so very, very sad to hear of Dwights passing! God bless you all! His memory will always be with you.

Condolence from Tim Hoffman on January 14th, 2020 12:39 am

So Sorry for your loss Linda, spent a lot of time with Dwight & Lyle in our younger years. He will sadly be missed.

Condolence from Diane Mitchell sheets on January 14th, 2020 12:44 am

I’m so very sorry about your husband.
Words are few but prayers for you are many!
God be with you and your family as you go through this journey❤️❤️

Condolence from Rick and Linda Brown on January 14th, 2020 4:54 am

Condolences to Linda and family. You are in our prayers.

Condolence from Kelly Kosch Slattman on January 14th, 2020 5:45 am

You are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Bill & Nadine Scates on January 14th, 2020 9:38 am

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan.
There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.”

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you….in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too…
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night……”My day was not in vain.”
And now I am contented….that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street, and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go…. from that body to be free,
remember you’re not going…..you’re coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

Condolence from Karen Schlegelmilch on January 14th, 2020 11:18 am

You are in my prayers Linda.

Condolence from Derek & Corien Wallace on January 14th, 2020 4:19 pm

Dear Linda and Family, so shocked to hear the sad news of Dwight passing away. We can only offer our sincere condolences at this sad time.

Having worked with Dwight at Philips Ottawa , I have so many fond memories of the times we spent together inside and outside of work. He was a foundation in our Sourcing team and I valued his energy in all he did.

Corien and I appreciated his welcoming of us on a personal basis making Ohio feel like home from home; even welcoming us to an Ohio State game with those priceless tickets.

Our Deepest Sympathy,
Derek & Corien Wallace (The Netherlands)

Condolence from Greg & Sue Luginbill on January 14th, 2020 4:49 pm

Prayers for the family. We worked together at Philips and oh my the stories. With deep sympathy.

Condolence from Heather Barr on January 14th, 2020 6:46 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dan & Jane Lammers on January 14th, 2020 6:54 pm

Dear Linda and family we would like to extend our deepest sympathy.. Dwight was a good man. I only remember him from Miller City High School. I was a classmate of his brother Rene and I grew up in the neighborhood where Jerry Rosengarten. May the peace of the Lord watch over you all and help you through these troubled time.

Condolence from Mary Mowery on January 14th, 2020 7:35 pm

Our deepest sympathies to you, Linda, & the family Vanessa & Damon. Dwight was a fount of knowledge & a bucket of bs. It was a joy to know the 2 of you.
Jim & Mary Mowery

Condolence from Diana Ordway on January 14th, 2020 8:23 pm

Linda Vanessa and Damon our condolences and prayers to your family. Gary and Diana Ordway

Condolence from Deb & Larry Niese on January 14th, 2020 8:28 pm

Linda & family,
Sorry for the loss of Dwight. We have you and your family in prayer. Hug!!

Condolence from Tracy Butcher on January 14th, 2020 10:07 pm

Dear Niese Family,

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We are grateful for the time we were able to enjoy Dwight’s company. His hospitality, wit and good-nature will always be remembered. Our deepest condolences.


Tracy, Connie, Ash and Hunter Butcher

Condolence from Therese on January 15th, 2020 11:38 am

Linda,Vanessa and Damon, you have my sympathy and prayers. I know it is hard to lose the one you love. Linda, if you need someone to talk to give me a call. Therese Niese 419-439-0346

Condolence from Terri Chube on January 15th, 2020 11:48 am

Damon & Family,

Please accept my condolences in the loss of your Father! May the Lord bless and comfort your Mother and family during this time of grief. May you also laugh and cry tears of joy, when remembering all of the great memories you have of your Dad.

With Deepest Sympathy, Terri Chube

Condolence from Kelly Gorman on January 15th, 2020 12:08 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Dwight was a wonderful man and will be missed. My heart and love go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Dave Burkhart on January 15th, 2020 1:02 pm

I am very sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. We were very good friends in high school and there never was a better friend to have than Dwight. He was always upbeat and had a great outlook on life, always cheerful and looking forward to whatever the future might hold for him. He was always very supportive of his friends and would never have done anything that might have hurt anyone. He was the BEST.

Dwight, you will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Richard Wenzinger &Irene on January 15th, 2020 10:29 pm

Living next door, had many good times together-sorry for loss Linda.

Condolence from Richard Wenzinger &Irene on January 15th, 2020 10:39 pm

Was Dwight’s next door buddy for many years. Sorry for your loss Linda and kids.

Condolence from Roxie Palmer on January 16th, 2020 12:53 am

Linda, Damon and families – so very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayets are with you all.

Condolence from Judi weitzel on January 16th, 2020 7:50 am

I am so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Kelly Winkle Tegenkamp on January 16th, 2020 11:39 am

I am so sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He had a great laugh and always knew how to make you smile. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Karen ohrel on January 16th, 2020 6:00 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from CARL E WILKERSON on February 10th, 2020 8:53 am


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