Harold H. Niekamp Sr. COLUMBIA - Harold Herman Niekamp, Sr., 89, of Columbia entered into rest, Friday, April 4, 2014, at Atria Senior Living. Born Monday, June 30, 2014 he was a son of the late Herman and Thea (Zunderer) Niekamp. A member of Lebanon United Methodist Church, he was a WWII veteran serving in the Army. Mr. Niekamp retired from the New York State Bridge Authority as a Bridge Manager after more than 20 years of service. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Gretta Niekamp; a granddaughter, Ilona Niekamp, as well as one brother and one sister. Mr. Niekamp is survived by three sons, Carl W. Niekamp (Vera), Bruce E. Niekamp (Nanette) and Harold H. Niekamp, Jr. (Debra); longtime companion, Dottie Vanco; grandchildren, Tom Heaton (Tina), Lesley Runty (Jay), Roisin Chapparelli (David) and Deirdre Niekamp; great grandchildren, Lauren, Brookelyn, Walker, Bodey, Gunnar, Colleen, Heather and Patrick; as well as one niece and one nephew. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia SC 29209, with Rev. Mark Williams officiating. Interment will held at a later date in the Town of Catskill Cemetery, Catskill, NY. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lebanon United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 10220 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover, SC 29044. Friends and relatives are invited to view this obituary and share condolences or memories with the family at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.
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Published in The State on Apr. 5, 2014