Date of death: 12/29/2020

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1964

Father James Richard Nischan, 83, of Hallettsville, TX, died December 29, 2020 of Covid related complications in Victoria at the PAM Specialty Hospital Victoria North.

He was born May 29, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Emmett Ree Nischan and Charlesetta Hardy. He served in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1965. He studied for the Catholic Priesthood at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana, and the Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained for the Diocese of Ponce, Puerto Rico on December 8, 1983. In 1992 he moved to Schulenburg to live with Father Royce Hughes. After Fr. Hughes died, Fr. Nischan move to Hallettsville and bought a home on La Grange St. Later on he became a resident of Stevens Nursing Center and then Hallettsville Rehab and back to Stevens Nursing Center.

During his years of ministry in the Diocese of Victoria, he served mainly in the Bay City, Schulenburg and Hallettsville area helping the local priests as long as he could. He was very knowledgeable and had a great love for the Blessed Mother. He is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: one three year old sister, a 12 year old sister who was killed by a bus and sisters Becky and Dorothy and brothers Al, Joseph, and Bernard.