Arnold H. Nickel

Birth: October 29th, 1939
Death: November 9th, 2017
Age: 78 years
Residence:Pinconning, MI


Pinconning, Michigan

When the angel of death called his name, Arnie spread his wings peacefully and gently left his earthly home on November 9, 2017. A loveable most devoted husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend was humble, hardworking, generous, witty, adventuresome, strong of faith and he walked the walk. Arnie was born of German descent on the family farm in Munger on October 29, 1939, the third of five children to Henry & Myrtle (Krause) Nickel. Graduated from Fairgrove High School. He volunteered in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam conflict and served at NATO Headquarters in France.  He met the love of his life, Jean Marie Kryszak, just four months before he entered the military.  They wrote love letters which resulted in their marriage on January 29, 1966 at St John Catholic Church, Essexville, sharing 51 years of marriage, moved to Pinconning in 1974, enjoying his second love, a hobby farm, and raised their five children, planting seeds and hoeing weeds. Member of St. Michael’s Church, it’s Usher’s Club, Knights of Columbus Fr. Flajole Council #2986 for 40 yrs., League of Catholic Men & Women, Bay County Farm Bureau, American Legion #239.  Retired from General Motors (Saginaw Steering Gear) after 47 dedicated yrs. of service.  You could find him in the bleachers where his children were involved, all the way from T-ball to college football, dance and music recitals, and then on to watch his cherished grandchildren. He found tremendous joy in his grandchildren and was always ready to take them for a tractor ride or on his four-wheeler. He was a “jack of all trades” You name it, he tried to do it – the “go-to-get-it done” guy to his family, friends and neighbors, never expecting anything in return. He was an avid Tigers fan and loved OLD BARNS, sunflowers, polka dancing, feeding birds and squirrels, and country music for which he & Jean attended many concerts in Nashville, TN and Branson, MO.  In his retirement, he enjoyed his vegetable garden, his rose garden and traveling to adventurous places. Impacting many hearts and lives. he was a role model for his family with a work ethic that will never be surpassed.  He taught his children the values of working with their hands, kindness, giving back, laughter, and celebrating life.  He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, twins: Ron (Angela) Nickel, children, Landen and Adeline; Bonnie (Mike) Pinder, boys, Nathan and Eric; Brad (Kelly), Nickel, girls, Brianne and Brenna; Brian Nickel, children, Mason and twins: Avery, McKenzie; Kelli (Jim) Ivey, children, Dayne and Brynn.  Brothers, Norman (Elizabeth) Nickel, Jerry (Susan) Nickel; sister, Joyce (Charles) Keyes’ brothers in law, Fred Keyes, Jerry (Alice) Kryszak, Jim (Carol) Kryszak, Randy Kryszak and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Marlene Keyes; in-laws Stanley and Charlotte (Vos) Kryszak, sister in law, Debbie Kryszak, nephew, Kim Kryszak. In lieu of flowers, please consider St. Michael School. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10 am from Holy Trinity Catholic Church- St. Michael's Parish Pinconning, MI with Rev. Fr. Richard Jozwiak and Deacon Gary Patelski presiding with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery with military funeral honors. Friends may call at the Rivertown Funeral Chapel on Friday from 2 to 8 pm. On Friday, a Prayer Vigil will be held at 7 pm. On Saturday, Arnold will lie in state at the church from 9 am until time of service.

Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home,

Pinconning, Michigan


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