Albert “Butch” Henry Niffen Jr., 69, of Hannibal, MO, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, MO.
Albert "Butch" Henry Niffen Jr., 69, of Hannibal, MO, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Apostolic Holiness Church in Hannibal, MO. Pastor Gary Legg will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal, MO.
Visitation will be Friday, February 15, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Apostolic Holiness Church.
The James O'Donnell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Albert was born on July 31, 1943, in Louisiana, MO, to Albert Henry Niffen Sr. and Evelyn (West) Niffen. He was raised by his father and step-mother Margaret (who he considered his Mom).
Albert married Janice Faye White on June 13, 1964, in Ashburn, MO. For their 48 and half years of marriage, he maintained a profound love and respect for her. She survives.
Albert is also survived by his children: Albert Niffen III, his wife Connie, and children: Justin, Albert IV, Sara; Theresa Drazba, her husband Rick, and children: Jessica, Tiffany, Amy, Joshua, Daniel, Star, Hannah, Ricky, Jaidyn, Amaya; Michael Niffen, his wife Lisa and children: Rachel, Roger (wife Mandy) and Johnathan; David Niffen, his wife Kristy, and children Shelby, Bethany; Dawn Miles, her husband James, and children: Zachary, Conner, Madisyn and great-grandchildren: Eli, Addyson, Alexander, Carter; Special family friends, Greg & Melissa Cassiday; their children Johnathan, Caitlyn and Ryan (who called him Grandpa); Brother-in-law, Jack Hooper (who was like his brother); Many others that he opened his home to that considered him Dad, Grandpa or friend. Twelve nieces and nephews (that loved and respected him); two brothers: Kenney Moore and Charles Niffen, and two sisters: Kay Cushman and Elaine Murkot; and his 10th grandson that is due in May.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leroy "Roy" Darnell.
Albert worked for Independent Sign Company, Atlantic Steel, and drove a school bus for fifteen years. He was a very active member of the Apostolic Holiness Church of Hannibal (Formally the United Pentecostal Church) where he served on the church board for thirty-seven years. Albert taught Sunday school and drove the church bus for many years as well. Here he also used his creative and artistic skills to create many unique items and drawings that have been used for various church outreaches, fundraisers and functions. He felt a calling to the nursing home ministry soon after becoming a member and served that ministry faithfully for forty years. Albert loved music, singing and playing musical instruments especially the trombone and was an active member of the church orchestra. He was an artist and enjoyed drawing, painting and wood carving. He loved to go camping and fishing with friends and family and was an avid fisherman. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends, and was the founding member of the "ROMEO" club. Albert was known by everyone for his kindness, generosity and love for his wife and family and his love for people. He never met a stranger and would do anything he could to help someone in need. He was a loved, respected and admired by his family, neighbors, church member, and community (both young and old) and will be missed greatly by all that knew him.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Niffen, Jonathan Cassidy, Josh Camden, Tim Fessenden, Roger Niffen, and Albert Niffen IV.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Hooper Sr., Cecil Landers, Harold Smith Jr., Frank Waelder, Thomas Wagner, and Scott Love.
Memorial contributions can be made out to the Apostolic Holiness Church Building Fund in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.