UE alumus Nathan Andrew Edmiston, 24, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Rushville, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, in Scottsdale.
He was born June 14, 1991, in Macomb, Illinois, the son of Charles and Gretchen (Bockhorst) Edmiston.
Beginning at the age of 10, Nathan volunteered at the Princess Theater in Rushville. He was so committed to the theater that he was offered a paid position. During high school, he volunteered and was a member of the stage crew and was a blood donor. He graduated from Rushville High School in 2010.
While a student at UE, Nathan served as photo editor and chief photographer for Student Publications, including the LinC. He won first place in sports photography from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, served as a justice with the Student Government Association Supreme Court, and was involved with the Institute for Global Enterprise. He was a member of UE’s Venturing Crew where he enjoyed his love for hiking and camping.
Nathan studied abroad at Harlaxton College in England. This is where he developed his love for everything British, including BBC Television.
He interned one summer as the communication assistant for the World Fair Trade Organization in Culemborg, The Netherlands. Nathan also interned as a district detective aide with the Washington, D.C. Police Department, while attending American University for one summer.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, with minors in psychology and political science from UE in 2014.
In December 2014, he joined the Walmart Corporate Headquarters, in Bentonville, Arkansas, to serve as a licensing compliance specialist. Currently, he was working at Yelp! in Scottsdale as an ad operations associate, having joined them in January.
Jesus Christ was the center of his life and expressed in many ways, including his membership with the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, and involvement with churches in every community where he lived. He served on a mission trip to Mexico as a teenager, as a floor minister at the SchuyLight Christian Coffee House in Rushville, and as a member of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UE as publicity coordinator.
He recently reached his goal, three months early, of running 500 miles in one year, and set a new goal of 750 miles for the current year. He enjoyed traveling, storm chasing, Cardinals baseball, and the Green Bay Packers.
Surviving are his parents Charles and Gretchen Edmiston of Rushville, his sister Sarah Edmiston of Jacksonville, his brother Ben Edmiston and wife Therese of Naperville, his niece Kyleigh Grace Edmiston, his grandmother Catherine Edmiston of Abingdon, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert Edmiston and Gene and Mary Bockhorst.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in the Christian Neck Cemetery, north of Rushville. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.
Memorial contributions may be made to UE to support students' travel to Harlaxton College, or the First United Methodist Church for youth mission trips.
Charitable donations may be made to:
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville IN 47722
First United Methodist Church
PO Box 208, Rushville IL 62681