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Calling Hours:
Saturday, August 19, 2023, 9:45-10:45am
Church Parlor of First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Service:
Saturday, August 19, 2023, 11:00am
Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. David Dobi, Pastor, officiating

Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

Kenneth F. Nye, 95, of 37 Quartermile Road, Greenville, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at St. Paul’s Villas, Greenville. He was born in McKean, Pa on June 5, 1928, to the late P. Clair Nye and Mildred Agnes (Hutchison) Nye. He was one of 7 children.

He was a 1947 graduate of the former Albion High School. He was married to Gladys L. (Tucker) Nye on December 30, 1947, at the Methodist Church in Albion. They were married 70 years prior to her death in December 2018. He was employed at General Electric for a short time in Erie County and for 39 years at the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad; served as a high school football official and worked part-time at Wasser’s Men’s Wear. He and his wife also owned Nye’s Children’s Fashions in Greenville for five years.

Ken was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Greenville where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He also sang in the choir at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, Florida where he and his wife resided during the winter months. He sang with the Burnt Store Colony chorale in Florida.

His love for singing began when he was a child where he first sang in church. In his 20’s he was a member of the Par Four Barbershop Quartet for a short time in Erie County. He sang in the Methodist Church choir while living in Albion.
Ken was a member of the Lion’s Club, Masonic Lodge Eureka 290, and a life member of the Greenville Elk’s Club. A past member of the Greenville Country Club and Zem Zem Shrine Club.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed attending his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren’s activities. Ken began painting with watercolors later in life. He was generous in sharing his paintings with his family members. He enjoyed reading westerns, crossword puzzles, and staying in contact with his friends he made in Florida. Ken often had a project going. He attended the Men’s Wednesday morning breakfast, the Men’s monthly Saturday morning breakfasts, and the Greenville Senior Center. He grew in his faith and knowledge by attending (via Zoom) the Tuesday afternoon Bible Study.

He is survived by one daughter, Jane L. Miller and her husband, Jim of Greenville, a son, Jonathan, and his husband Ennis Smith of New York City, as well as three Grandchildren-- Keith Miller and his wife Lori, Pittsburgh; Benjamin Miller, Greenville; Kelly Minner, and her husband Matt, of Wexford, along with three great grandchildren--Maia Miller, and Henry and Rachel Minner. Other survivors include Sister-in-law Dorothy Wilkins and her husband Wayne, Fairview, and many nieces and nephews and friends throughout the nation.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, James K. Nye, and Jeffrey C. Nye; his sisters, Lillian Young, Jane Rose, Josephine Allman, Adelaide Boyko, Nancy Simpson, and brother, Lewis Nye.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Choir Memorial Fund, 323 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125 or Greenville Lions Club, c/o Mike Downing, 129 Woodshire Road, Greenville, PA 16125. All arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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6 Comments

  1. Natalie Reed Natalie Reed
    August 5, 2023    

    Jane, Jim, Jonathan and family,

    Please know that my condolences go out to you all in this sad time. He was a wonderful, caring and sweet gentleman. I was fortunate to have known him.

  2. Linda Christy Linda Christy
    August 5, 2023    

    So sorry for your loss, he was one of my most favorite customers while I worked at the Greenville post office!! Such a happy and caring man !!

  3. Ed & Theresa Heckman - Ellicott City MD Ed & Theresa Heckman - Ellicott City MD
    August 5, 2023    

    We are so very sad to learn of his passing. Our condolences to the entire family. He always had a huge smile on has face. We were so fortunate to see him many Sundays at FPC. When we did motorcoach tours, Ken & Gladys never missed a trip to NYC to see Jonathan. We will miss you!

  4. Dottie Bovard Dottie Bovard
    August 7, 2023    

    Jane and Jim (and family),

    Sending condolences to you at this time.

    We lost touch over the years, however, we are back in the area and would love to reconnect.

    Dottie and Bob Bovard

  5. Betsy and Bob Fischer Betsy and Bob Fischer
    August 7, 2023    

    We have known Ken as a friend and neighbor for many years. We will miss his warm smile, sense of humor and his flare for being the natty dresser.
    Ken loved his family above anything else. We send our love and deepest sympathy to the family. The world lost a great, caring man.

  6. Dale Deist Dale Deist
    August 16, 2023    

    Kenny was a great friend and mentor. We sang tenor together in the First Pres Choir for decades. He was a constant member of the Wednesday morning breakfast guys and his stories and sense of humor was such fun and will be missed. Kenny was a special friend who always had an eye and a head for “doing things right.” I am happy to know where he is and am looking forward to renewing our friendship someday far above. His life Glorified our God. Amen

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