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Welcome to the memorial page for

Albert Henry Nees

July 31, 1929 ~ May 2, 2018 (age 88)

Albert H. Nees, 88, father, architect stepped into his heavenly home in the arms of Jesus Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday May 5th at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Wichita KS. He is survived by daughter Karen and her husband John D’Angelo and their son Alex, Wichita KS; son James and his wife Judith Nees; Waco TX; and son John and his wife Lynn Nees, Ann Arbor MI, and their children Daniel, Clara, and Sylvia, In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The Navigators (920 North Tyler Road, Suite 201, Wichita KS 67212) or Wycliffe Bible Translators (Box 628200 Orlando FL 32862 or Wycliffe.org)... About Al: Second among his surviving siblings, Walt, Don, and Ruth, Al Nees was born in St. Louis last day of July, 1929 to Martin and Caroline Nees. Growing up in Denver, Al happened upon some surveyors preparing a building site. They showed him the view of the top of the capital building level with the ground he was standing on. From that point he carried an interest in building that led him to study Architecture at the University of Colorado. He finished his education earning a degree at Kansas University in Lawrence and took his first full architecture job with Clif Ramey in Wichita, where he worked from 1953 to 1958. Al met his wife JoAnn Rosecrants on a blind date the last day of December 1955, and married her the last day of August 1956. He described meeting JoAnn for the first time; “Sweaty palms rang the doorbell. Once she answered all was good—This was IT.” Their children, Karen, James, and John were born in 1957, 1959, and 1960. James was born on the last day of July, like his father. Professionally, Al moved to the seed company of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture and continued there until his retirement in 1995. Among the buildings he designed and saw through to construction are the house of his bother Walt and St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas. He concentrated much of his effort over the years in specifying the materials and methods that provide the detail of construction for public and commercial buildings. Raised in the Lutheran Church, Al always knew the tenants of the Faith. He also lived that faith out in his personal relationship with God. He would often share his appreciation for God’s activity in his life through conversation or teaching. In Wichita, Al and JoAnn attended Holy Cross and moved to St. Andrews as it was starting. From the beginning of their marriage, Al and JoAnn were involved with supporting the Gospel through Wycliffe Bible Translators, and from the early 1970s they shared in the ministry of The Navigators, a group that seeks to help make and train followers of Christ. This discipleship work brought Al and JoAnn to Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet government there. They spent two years in Vinnitsa Ukraine sharing their Christian faith and developing deep friendships. Following JoAnn’s death in 2005, Al continued his involvement in church and eventually moved from his house on High Street to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and John D’Angelo. A year ago he moved into Presbyterian Manor in Wichita where he lived until early Wednesday morning when his body failed. Al was glad of life and eagerly anticipated the comfort he saw ahead in Jesus’ arms. You can see Al’s heart in the sculpture he finished last year: ‘In the arms of Jesus’

 Service Information

Memorial Service
May 5, 2018

11:00 AM
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
2555 N. Hyacinth
Wichita, KS 67204

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