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.