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John James (Jim) “Nik” Nikolay age 62, of Owen, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 20, 2013. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Pat Kelley will officiate. A visitation will be held from 12:30 pm Friday until the time of services at the funeral home in Abbotsford. A reception will follow the service at Red Arrow Park, Abbotsford.

John was born June 29, 1951 in Medford to John J. and Helen (Dravis) Nikolay of Abbotsford. Jim graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1969. He spent a good portion of his life as a bar-owner and enjoyed spending winters in Florida. He had a knack for buying and selling, always searching particularly for unique items. Jim loved motorcycles, dogs and his cat “Mouse.”

Family and friends will miss his entertaining personality and sense of humor the most. He kept them laughing with his story-telling, jokes and impersonations. He met people easily wherever he went and you’d know whenever he walked into a room, you were going to have a good time. Jim was a singer and dancer and a women romancer. He loved to fish for muskie and shared his favorite spot on the Black River with family.

Jim is preceded in death by his sister; Kate and his dad; Jack.

Jim is survived by his mom; Helen, brothers; Dave and friend Nancy, Paul and wife Karen, all of Abbotsford, sisters; Sharol (Bill) Lehnertz of Eden Prairie, MN, Mary (John) Kelley of Green Bay, Kitty of LaCrosse and extended family. Love and Prayers and Thank You for being in Jim’s life.

Maurina Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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