Dorrance Nystrom of Crawford, Texas, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Providence Health Center in Waco, surrounded by members of his loving family. He was 85.
Mass of Resurrection was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church with Msgr. Mark Deering officiating. Burial with Military Honors followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at OakCrest Funeral Home.
Dorrance John (Johnny) Nystrom was born in Kimball May 21, 1924, to Oscar Emmanuel and Elizabeth (Berscheid) Nystrom. He spent his boyhood years on the family farm, graduating from Kimball High School in 1942.
He was inducted into the United States Army in April 1945, and spent his Basic Training at Camp Hood, Texas. After being assigned to Army posts in California and Washington State, he was ordered back to Camp Hood where he spent the remainder of his miitary career as a clerk and dental technician in the medical unit at the camp.
During this time he met Marilyn Burdsal. They were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption Aug. 27, 1947.
He attended Baylor University and 4-C Business College. In 1964, Johnny and his wife founded Nystrom & Associates, and worked together in the business until selling it to two of their sons and a son-in-law in 1983.
Then the Nystroms began the Spring Valley Miniature Horse Farm, which they operated until 1995, becoming well known in the show ring and as breeders of the miniature horses.
Johnny's third career was building and remodeling homes from which he retired in 2007.
In his retirement, he loved to travel by RV, and he and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States. He also enjoyed taking cruises, and the couple had just returned from a Mexican Riviera cruise two weeks prior to his death.
He was a skilled woodworker, spending many happy hours in his workshop, fashioning outdoor furniture and cabinetry. He was an avid sports fan whose beloved Lady Bear Basketball team provided him with many happy hours of excitement and enjoyment.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Sierra Club of Waco, for which he served as president in 1973. He was also one of the founders of the Reicher High School Band, serving as treasurer and president of that group.
In recent years, he volunteered at the Crawford Meals on Wheels Center and the habitat for Humanity workshop.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; brother Manley; sister Mary Jo Strusz; and daughter Teresa Elizabeth Shelton.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Marilyn; children David (and Nancy) of Muenster, Texas, Paul (and Carol) of Crawford, Texas, Mark (and Kris) of Sugarland, Texas, Greg (and Johanna) of Dallas, Texas, Patrick (and Stephanie) of Corbett, Ore., Anne Marie (and David) Borsellino of Waco, and Kathryn (and Rick) Grant of Fort Collins, Colo.; 21 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Also surviving are son-in-law Rick Shelton of Crawford, brothers-in-law Bill Burdsal of Calif., and Michael Wirick of Calif., sister-in-law Dolores Nystrom of Kimball; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews in Minnesota and Kentucky.
Pallbearers were grandsons Brian Nystrom, Adam Nystrom, Clayton Nystrom, Tyler Nystrom, Joshua Borsellino, Seth Borsellino, Aaron Borsellino, Ryan Nystrom, John David Nystrom, and Brandon Shelton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that those wishing to do so, send memorials to Meals on Wheels, 501 W. Waco Dr., Waco TX 76707; Reicher Catholic High School, 2102 N. 23rd St., Waco, TX 78708, or the charity of your choice.