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Nicholas R. Neiderhiser , 17, of Ligonier, died on his birthday,Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born October 3, 2000 in Latrobe, a son of Ben A. and Courtney Smith Neiderhiser of Ligonier. Nick was a junior at Ligonier Valley High School and was studying machine tool technology at EWCTC. He was employed as a machinist for Custom Carbide. Nick enjoyed playing baseball and football, as a youth, in the community, and for Ligonier Valley School District. He was happiest working on his car, hunting, and riding dirt bike with his friends. He had been a member of the Chestnut Ridge 4-H Club and raised market hogs. He was a very happy young man and will be known for his beautiful smile. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Barry E. Smith in 2014 and his paternal grandfather, Richard B. Neiderhiser in 1999. In addition to his loving parents he is survived by two brothers, Larry J. and Tyler J. Neiderhiser, both at home, maternal grandmother, Nelie Smith of Derry, paternal grandmother, Stephanie Neiderhiser of Ligonier, maternal great grandmother, Leila Mowry of Derry, a very dear friend, Mackenzie Peterson of Derry, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Nick's friends and family will gather together Saturday from 6-8PM and Sunday from 12-2 and 6-8PM at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, Inc. 144 East Main Street, Ligonier. A service to celebrate his life will be held Monday at 1:00PM at the Heritage United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Shaffer officiating. Private interment (family only) will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. PLEASE NO FLOWERS. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Nick's memory to benefit the youth in the Ligonier Valley. Contributions should be addressed to the funeral home. To leave a condolence or tribute for Nick or his family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.
Published on October 6, 2017
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