Eliot Nymeyer was a man of principle who lived by “a code of ethics that was outlined in the bible,” said his daughter, Kim Arnold.
“He wasn’t perfect, but he always tried to see the big picture and tried to help us do the same,” she said. “As a teenager or an adult he corrected you. He didn’t give his opinions or advice freely, (so if he did), you knew that he cared. He had a very discerning eye for character.”
Nymeyer, a Chicago native, graduated from Calvin College and the University of Chicago School of Business. “He was an entrepreneur,” said his daughter. “He loved the risk, he liked to take a project and make it work.”
Nymeyer formed his own insurance business in Dallas, and then moved his family back to the Midwest. He and his wife Joyce raised eight children, all of whom graduated from college, married and gave them grandchildren. At the time of his death, Nymeyer was grandfather to 52.
An active member of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Nymeyer taught a senior high school Sunday School class for young men for more than 22 years. Christian education was important to him, and he helped found or administer several Christian schools, including Milwaukee Christian School, Dallas Christian School, and Calvary Academy in South Holland.
It was important to her father that the schools be founded on good principles, Arnold said, “sound biblical principles; that biblical values were woven into lives of schools, and that the education itself was of an extremely high caliber.”
Nymeyer sold his business in 1998 and turned his attentions to his family and interests. He had a vegetable garden and tended an orchard that included peach, pear and cherry trees. He wrote his memoirs and with his wife traveled to New Zealand, where their daughter Marian lives, and Florida.
His faith was very important to him, and “his greatest wish was for everyone he knew or met, to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior and join him one day in heaven,” his family said.