Larry W. Nikkel
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Sept. 3, 1955 - July 9, 2010

A memorial gathering and celebration of the life of Larry Nikkel will be held tonight at Pippo Ranch Park, 4127 Cantelow Road, Vacaville, beginning at 5 p.m. Friends are invited to bring a picture, a story, an item or a song to share. An open mic will begin at 6 p.m.

Larry was the son of Marjorie and Walter Nikkel.

He was born at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Calif. Raised in the Air Force, Larry lived in Puerto Rico, New Hampshire and Sacramento before coming to Vacaville in 1964. Larry was a member of Vaca High's class of 1974 and a proud member of Stationary Engineers Local 39. Larry worked in music retail and then for over 25 years as a grounds maintenance engineer at Solano College. Larry is survived by three brothers, James, Stephen and Walter.

Larry's passion was music. He played guitar and was in several local bands in the seventies including Maddox, Street Meat, The Creeps and The Panties. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his strong opinions, his passion for music and his faith in Jesus.

Larry was a cancer survivor having just beaten esophageal cancer. He was taken from us as the result of a house fire on the evening of July 9.

He will be missed.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Reporter from Jul. 20 to Jul. 22, 2010.
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August 15, 2010
I am so sad to hear of Larry's passing. I knew him in high school but the times that were the best were when has was a member of a big group of friends at SCC's journalism department. He had a wonderful caring spirit and he was so funny! Just thinking of him makes me smile.

Deborah Tucker Case, Colorado Springs, CO
July 28, 2010
Larry the Lawnmower Man made many a sad day turn around for me. I can still see you, upon your lawnmower on a hot day, munching on frozen fruit-directly from the bag! And when we were on the food service committee together, always being told to quiet down because you just made me laugh. Larry, this world misses you; but you are now in the arms of Jesus and I am certain you are making Him laugh as well.
Lynda Rose McMahan
July 23, 2010
I hadn't seen Larry in nearly 38 years but I still remember him fondly from high school as a gentle, funny, irrepresible spirit. The world will miss him. I wish him and his family peace and solace.
Gary Sandy
July 22, 2010
I am truly sad. I had the opportunity to see you every couple years and will miss the chance to do so again. I will miss your smiling face...
My prayers and fond wishes go to your family and all of your other friends.
Kevin Barty
July 22, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out Larry's family and his family of friends and the community. Larry could always brighten a persons day with a kind word or just a smile. Larry will surely be missed here on earth and Heaven is getting a wonderful soul.
Cora Rogoway
July 22, 2010
I shall remember Larry for his smile, his sense of humor, dedication to family, and love of beautiful things. He touched my life with genuine friendship. My heart is saddened by our loss. May God bring peace and comfort to all who loved Larry. He will be sorely missed.
Judy Spencer
July 21, 2010
My prayers & thoughts go out to the family for the loss of Larry my old neighbor.
July 20, 2010
My prayers and thoughts are with Larry's family and close friends. I hope they will find the strength to get through this difficult time. Larry will always be remembered fondly by so many people in this community as he definately made his mark here in this earthly place and will surely make his mark in heaven...
Cathy Rippee
July 20, 2010
This is a sad loss for Larry's friends and our community. Larry was a true to himeself person who followed his ideas and dreams with purpose and accepted all around him for their gifts and beliefs. My deepest sympathy to Larry's family and many, many friends.
Diane Marconi
July 20, 2010
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