2013-05-23 / Obituaries

Vern ‘Babe’ Nicholas, 60, of Strasburg


Vern Nicholas Vern Nicholas Vern “Babe” Nicholas, 60, of Strasburg died Sunday May 12, 2013, in the Linton Hospital.

Vern was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Bismarck the son of Roy “Rex” and Margaret (Weichel) Nicholas. He was raised and educated in Strasburg and graduated from Emmons Central in 1971.

Vern worked construction in various states. His most recent was working for Associated Pools in Kansas, Oklahoma and Montana. When working as a Deputy Sheriff in Morton County in 1982, Vern earned a Governor’s Lifesaving Award for saving several inmates in a jail fire.

He was a member of the Strasburg Lions Club. Vern enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Vern is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Denise Nicholas of Crookston, Minn.; one sister, Marlene Zimmerman of Bismarck and her special friend, Albert Weber of Linton; nieces, Stephani Zimmerman, Kimberly (Bob) Celley, Lauralee (Jay) Tupa; nephews, Travis (Jamie) Nicholas, Michael Nicholas and Benjamin Nicholas; great-nieces, Taylor Celley, Morgan Celley, Jenny Celley, Halle Nicholas and Grace Tupa; great-nephews, Hunter Nicholas, Nicholas “Nick” Celley and Nicholas “MJ” Tupa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in-law, Tim Zimmerman.

Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Strasburg with celebrant the Rev. Jason Signalness. Communion minister was Marlene Zimmerman. Song leaders were Kellie Wikenheiser and Jolene Silvernagel. Scripture readers were Stephani Zimmerman and Travis Nicholas. Gift bearers were nieces and nephews. Mass servers were Cody and Jessa Heidrich. Music was “Amazing Grace,” “Here I am, Lord,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand, ” “Peace Is Flowing Like a River” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Casketbearers were Donald Weichel, Ed Nieuwsma, Dane Dornbush, Darnell Silvernagel, Verl Dornbush, Barry Baumgartner and Bill Kelsch.

Inurnment at a later date in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Strasburg.

Please visit www.myersfh.com to sign the online guestbook and share memories of Vern with his family.

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