Alton G. Nighswander

Mr. Nighswander

Alton G. Nighswander, 83, of Fostoria, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Health Care Center in Findlay.

Alton was born Sept. 19, 1934, in Fort Seneca, to the late Vaughn W. and Dorothy (Russell) Nighswander. He married Darlene (Jeanette) in Clyde Dec. 24, 1953, and she preceded him in death Dec. 31, 2007.

Survivors include a daughter, Bridget (Jim) Gates of Republic; a son, Scott (Cara) Nighswander of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Mike, Rachael, Shi, Jessica, Nikki, James and Lena; and seven great-grandchildren, Aidan, Damon, Tyler, Mataya, Jake, Evan and Carson, with one on the way. Alton also was survived by his companion, Phyllis Coleman of Fremont.

Alton retired from Basic Refractories as a chemist in the research center, where he was involved with their Quarter Century Club. Alton enjoyed wintering in Englewood, Florida. He was a 1953 graduate of Bettsville High School and a 1959 graduate of Florida Southern in Lakeland, Florida. Alton was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son, David Nighswander; a grandson, Aaron; and a great-granddaughter, London; along with his twin brother, Allen Nighswander.

Funeral services for Alton will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hopewell Church of God, with Pastor Terry Steinhauer officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will follow the services Thursday at Pleasant Union cemetery in Old Fort, with military honors being rendered by the United Veterans Council.

Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment of Seneca County, Hopewell Church of God or the Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences may be left for the family at