I always enjoyed visiting Nick and on occasion singing Dutch hymns with him. He was fond of my dog too when she accompanied me on visits. Now he is celebrating Easter forever with his Lord and Savior.
What a blessing Uncle Nick was to our family! We have wonderful memories of good times at the old Ripon Fire House playing shuffle board and viewing the fire engines! We recently brought David to visit Uncle Nick and he just kept talking about how much David reminded him of Dad (Sam). It was a special time that we shared, reliving old memories. We will always remember him - as well as his beautiful photos of Yosemite. Blessings to his children....as we rejoice in the life he led and the reassurance that we will see him again!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I started doing odd jobs for Uncle Nick around the age of 9. By age 11 I was a regular in the work crews wiring houses and installing appliances. Soon I was doing industrial wiring, machine work, and working on well systems. The tools of the trade learning from Uncle Nick served me throughout my naval career. He was a superior mentor. What few people know is that he was granted the equivalent of an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Chicago, all by taking correspondence courses. A brilliant mind and a huge heart.
Peter M. Hekman, Jr
Vice Admiral, US Navy Retired