Robin E. Nofziger of Pettisville, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
Born in Wauseon, Ohio, on June 4, 1962, he was the oldest child of Rodney and Sandra (Fielitz) Nofziger, who survive.
Also surviving are his wife, Ruth Jenny (Maldonado) Nofziger and three children, Reuben, Rebekah and Jacob; three sisters, Renee (William Quistorf,) Lori (Michael Stuber,) and Kristine (Tadd Duvendack), as well as nephews and nieces, Anthony and Sarah Duvendack and Jack, Katherine, Anne and Eleanor Stuber, who also survive.
Robin graduated from Pettisville School in 1980 and then attended ATI-Ohio State University, where he received a degree in dairy science.
He then attended classes at Eastern Mennonite University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture for Developing Countries.
His next three years were spent in the South American country of Bolivia with Mennonite Central Committee as an agricultural extension representative.
Robin was married to Ruth Jenny Maldonado from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Jan. 9, 1988. They lived on a farm on County Road 17 east of Pettisville for 22 years, where they had a farming and dairy operation and later a hog operation.
While farming he attended Bowling Green State University, receiving a second undergraduate degree which was in Latin American Studies.
Robin and Jenny gave up farming in 2007 and later moved to Main Street, Pettisville.
Rob received his Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of Ohio in 2006, working first at Fulton County Health Center as a registered nurse, and, most recently, as a night shift hospital supervisor at Hillsdale Community Health Center.
Robin and his family are members of North Clinton Mennonite Church, where Robin was active in Spanish ministry and translation.
Robin loved biking with family and friends, making many extended trips.
Recently he developed a love for wooden boats and constructed a 16-foot boat that he enjoyed taking out on various lakes and rivers. His future plans were to build a small sail boat.
The family traveled extensively, making friends from all over the world.
Robin had a gift of deep faith and readily shared it in loving ways with each person he met. He always had time for friends and family and enjoyed sharing his home with others.
The family wishes to thank all who have shown love and support during their time of loss.
A service in celebration of Robin’s life was held at North Clinton Mennonite Church, 831 West Linfoot Street, Wauseon, Ohio 43567, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions in memory of Robin may be given to North Clinton Mennonite Church Education Fund or to Mennonite Central Committee.