Maurice B. ‘Mike’ Nolt, 94, WWII vet, Nolt & Nolt co-founder, active in Lampeter Fire Company, loved snowmobiling

By on August 16, 2017

Maurice B. (Mike) Nolt, 94, of Lampeter, and more recently of United Zion in Lititz, went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 5, 2017.

For more than 70 years, Mike was the loving husband of Millie (Stauffer) Nolt, who survives him. They were united in marriage in Mount Joy on the Feb. 22, 1947. Mike’s first love was always for his Lord, followed by his love for his wife, Millie, and family, and then others. He lived his life that way each day and it showed.

Mike was born in West Earl Township on Aug. 16, 1922, and was a son of the late Leroy and Suetta Burkhart Nolt.

He is survived by three sons: Ron Nolt and wife Marcia of Lancaster; Dr. Barry Nolt and wife Judy of Bloomsburg; and Dr. Jeffrey Nolt and wife Terri of Coudersport. The seven joys of his and Millie’s life were their grandchildren: Tammi, Natalie, Jason, Michael, Rebekah, Jeremy, and Katie (Peachey). Also surviving are sisters: Norma Sherman and husband Terry of Lancaster; Marian Frick and husband Terry of Elkhart, Ind.; a brother: Carl Frey and wife Pat of Lancaster; and a stepbrother: Paul Frey and wife Daisy of Queens, N.Y.

He was predeceased by a brother: Chester Nolt; and stepbrothers: Lloyd and Elvin Frey.

A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. A plasterer by trade he co-founded Nolt & Nolt Inc., in 1975 and led the company’s field operations until his retirement. His vision and leadership were responsible for developing the prefab panel division for which Nolt & Nolt was well known. He was always eager to share his wealth of experience in construction with his sons and many others as he undertook numerous building projects because he truly wanted to help others. His most unique trait was far and away his uncanny ability to make new friends wherever life happened to take him. His contagious friendly nature was evident and appreciated by all.

Mike was a longtime member of Neffsville Mennonite Church serving the Lord as usher, audio recorder, and as a member of the Neffsville men’s quartet. He was a member of the Lampeter Fire Company serving as president, assistant fire chief, chauffeur and with the fire police. A lifetime hunter and outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed trips to the family cabin in Potter County. Forever a fervent Phillies and Eagles fan, he followed them faithfully. Tinkering in his shop and concocting inventions filled a lot of retirement hours for nine months of the year. But then came winter and snow. Very few people enjoy snowmobiling the way Mike did. Canada, Maine, Michigan, and Potter County were but a few places where he laid down miles of tracks. If snow was on the ground, he was there. To describe him as passionate about his snowmobiling was to understate his love for it. He is truly loved and will be missed by all.

Mike’s family wishes to thank the staff of United Zion for the professional care and love they gave to our dad during his stay with them. He very much enjoyed the many new friends he made during his time in your care.

Services were held Aug. 15 at Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster. Interment followed in Conestoga Memorial Park.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made in Maurice’s memory to United Zion Retirement Community, Memo-Caring Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

Visit Maurice’s memorial page at Groff Funeral and Cremation Services, Lancaster, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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