Passed away peacefully at his home in Guerneville on February 13, 2013. Born in San Francisco to Greek immigrants, Thomas and Diamondo Niclaes. Preceded in death by his brother Sam Niclaes and his sister Marie Northern. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Lou Niclaes (Herling), his son Thomas Niclaes, his daughter Louisa Niclaes, and his granddaughter Bridget Niclaes. In the early 1930's the Niclaes family moved from the Potrero Hill District in San Francisco to Monte Rio, CA, where his parents opened a cafe called the Sweet Shop, then Everybody's Place, then Niclaes Bungalow. The cafe sold in 1968. A 1942 graduate of Analy High School in Sebastopol, Gus joined the United States Army in World War II and was a POW. After returning home he attended Santa Rosa Junior College. During the early 1950's he played quarterback for the local Petaluma Leghorn Semi-Pro Football team. He owned a tree service called Empire Tree Service and also Hutton's Cabinet Shop in Sebastopol. He married Betty Lou Herling on February 16, 1957 in Reno, Nevada. Gus was a building contractor from 1958 until his retirement. He was a member of the Guerneville Rotary Club and Northwood Golf Club for many years. Two things that always put a youthful smile on his face were either a chainsaw or a golf club in his hands. Known as a quiet, gentle man, Gus will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. No service will be held at his request.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013