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John F. Nickey

September 20, 1923 ~ July 31, 2022 (age 98)
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John F. Nickey, age 98 of Grand Haven, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Trinity Health Hospital, Muskegon. He was born on September 20, 1923 in Gaston, IN to Mary (Woodring) Nickey.

John was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served our country in Italy and North Africa.  John married Patricia Aden on July 7, 1973 in Quincy, Illinois and they lived in Grand Haven throughout their 49 years of marriage.

John was a member of Trinity Reformed Church, the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28, and the Quincy Barbershop Chorus.

He retired from Gardner Denver, Cooper Tools Division, and in their retirement years, Pat and John went on to own Frame ‘N’ Gallery in Grand Rapids.

John enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family. The family was together most holidays which included Easter egg hunts, turkey dinners, special ornaments, and bingo scratch-offs at Christmas.

John is survived by his wife, Pat; their children, Paula Smith of Norton Shores, Renee (Lyle) Rycenga of Grand Haven, and Jeff Hunsaker (Diane Moeller) of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Swanson of Grand Haven; sister-in-law, Helen Aden of Moline, IL; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Nickey; parents-in-law, Emma and Arthur Aden; son-in-law, Doug Smith; brother, Robert Nickey; sister, Martha (Bill) Fisher; nephew, Seth Nickey; and brothers-in-law, Roy Swanson and Dr. Marvilee Aden.

The Funeral Service for John will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Trinity Reformed Church (Ferry Street, Grand Haven) with Rev. Randy Bremmer officiating. Full Military Honors to be performed by the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Interment will be at Golden Memorial Gardens in Golden, Illinois.                                               

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Trinity Reformed Church. 

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August 3, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Funeral Service
August 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Trinity Reformed Church
1330 S Ferry St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Military Honors: American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post #28
August 4, 2022

Trinity Reformed Church
1330 S Ferry St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417


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