Imogene Nissly Obituary

Imogene  Nissly
Imogene Nissly

February 17, 1933 - January 23, 2019
Resided in Dallas Center, Iowa
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Just shy of 86 years and surrounded by all her children, Imogene Nissly peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, January 23, 2019 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, Iowa.

Imogene was born February 17th, 1933 to Jack and Ethel (Lutz) Butler. She was a lifetime resident of Dallas Center and was a graduate of DC High School. In 1953, she met Ray Nissly, the love of her life, and together they had four children. During her stint as a stay at home mom, she and Ray also ran a farm for sixteen years.

In 1977, they purchased the Center Bowl, a business they and owned and operated until 2000. Over the years, Imogene earned herself quite the reputation not only for her famous burgers but also for her unmatched generosity. For anyone in need of a warm meal, Imogene would see to it that they never left the bowling alley hungry.

During Imogene’s early years, she enjoyed playing cards with Don and Nancy Nissly and packing the kids into the car to cheer Ray on as he pitched for the Dallas Center Merchants. Throughout their lives together, Ray and Imogene could be seen cruising around town listening to country music, often taking a “detour” that landed themselves at Prairie Meadows. Her husband frequently left empty handed, while Imogene routinely won big on her lucky quarter slot machines.

Though tiny in stature and quiet in voice, Imogene was never afraid to share her opinion and took any opportunity to sneak dirty comments into casual conversation. Her cream cookies melted in the mouth and her bourbon balls packed a serious punch. She would sweetly oblige any request for a recipe but would impishly withhold or change key steps and ingredients. And if one thing is certain, she is reunited with Ray and bragging about seeing the Cubs win a World Series.

Left to cherish her memory are four children. Sandy (Al) Clinkinbeard of Dallas Center, Karen (Chuck) Nielsen of Adel, Steve (Janae) Nissly of Dallas Center, and Mike (Judy) Nissly of Waukee; eight grandchildren, Jay (Nichole) Clinkinbeard and Justin (Sam) Clinkinbeard, both of Omaha, NE, Meg (Noel Peggs) Ryan and Eric Ryan, both of Urbandale, Stephanie (Steve Mulrean) Nielsen of Cresskill, NJ, Ben Nielsen of Cedar Rapids, Desi (Matt) Weiser of Minburn, and Sam Nissly of Dallas Center; six great-grandchildren, Grace, Sophia, Katherine, Oliver, and Josephine Clinkinbeard all of Omaha, NE, and Arlo Weiser of Minburn; and two siblings, Joe (Barb) Butler, and Cathy (Frances Gilmore) Deardorff of Perry, IA.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Spurgeon Manor for their care and attention. And heartfelt warm appreciations to lifelong friends and neighbors, Gus and Nancy York.

Per her wishes, no services are planned and a private burial will be held with immediate family members at a later date. Imogene held the National Hemophilia Foundation close to her heart in support of her great-grandson, Oliver, who has the condition. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Nebraska Chapter, National Hemophilia Foundation, 8031 W. Center Rd. #304, Omaha, NE, 68124. Online condolences will be welcomed at