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James was born on October 13, 1938 and passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
James was a resident of Reese, Michigan at the time of passing.
Mr. Nikolai was a graduate of St. Peter and Paul High School in Saginaw and later attended Ferris State University where he played on their baseball team.
He served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War from September 1957 until August 1961.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 from the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Reese. Father Alberto Vargas will officiate with burial to take place in 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery in Saginaw. Mr. Nikolai's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw St. in Reese on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the Liturgy.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Jim's family or St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.