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Richard E. "Slim" Nihiser

March 3, 1937 ~ May 22, 2021 (age 84)

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Richard E. "Slim" Nihiser, 84, of Defiance, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at his home in Defiance.   
He was born on March 3, 1937 to the late Leroy and Ruth (Trim) Nihiser in Defiance, Ohio. Richard was a 1955 graduate of Defiance High School. On September 21, 1983 he married Doll (Grant) Nihiser, who survives. 
Richard was a member UFCW Local #626 in Napoleon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bird watching and nature. He raised peacocks, pigeons, goats and rabbits. Richard loved to talk to people, was always a friend to everyone, and never met a stranger. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Doll Nihiser of Defiance, his children; Kathy Martie, Mike (Mary) Nihiser, Ronnie (Brenda) Nihiser, and Pamela (Chad) Parker, all of Defiance, and his stepchildren; Tonia (Mike) Sabo, Andy (Tammy) Doan Jr., and Jean (Jeff) Kretz, all of Defiance, Wade (Darlene) Doan of Montpelier, OH, and Danielle (Brent) Hunter of Cloverdale, OH. He also leaves behind 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary Boyce and Betty Reed, and his brother, Bert Nihiser.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the funeral home, with Celebrant Deb Miller officiating. Due to pandemic restrictions, masks and social distancing are required for all services. Burial will follow the service at Evansport Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at


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May 26, 2021

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
May 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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