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John D. Nicklason

June 30, 1960 ~ June 19, 2022 (age 61)

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John D. Nicklason passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was born June 30, 1960 at Fort Ord (Monterey), CA, to Donald and Rosemary Nicklason. He had been a resident of Pascagoula and Hurley for most of his life.

John worked in the transportation field and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t drive. His hobbies included fishing, boating to the islands, watching the Atlanta Braves and New Orleans Saints games, grilling and cooking new things.

He was also a big jokester and loved making people laugh. He was very passionate about music and was a drummer for the majority of his life playing in many local bands. He loved his two pups, Sissy and Lil Man with all his heart, and they were always at his side even to the end.

John is preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn and Jean Forrest of Roseburg, OR and Edwin B. Nicklason of Madeira, CA; brother-in-law, Steve East of Hurley, MS; and father-in-law Benton Trehern of Pascagoula, MS.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Karen Nicklason, and son, Brian (Kassie) Nicklason of Lucedale, MS; parents, Donald and Rosemary Nicklason of Roseburg, OR; sisters, Penny East of Hattiesburg, MS and Joni (Dean) Whiting ofMadill, OK; brother, Ed Nicklason of Roseburg, OR; mother-in-law, Marion Trehern of Pascagoula, MS; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Judy (Rodney) Applegate of Ocean Springs, MS, Jan (Dale) Hiestand of Lucedale, MS, Tim (Marian) Trehern of Pascagoula, MS; nephews, Matt (Casey) Whiting of Pelkie, MI; Nathan Whiting of Gainesville, TX; great-nieces, Tatiana, Annabelle and Ivory Whiting of Pelkie, MI; nieces, Amanda (Chris) Bexley of Vancleave, MS and Kayla Trehern of Gretna, LA; numerous other relatives and great friends. 

Visitation will be Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2:00-4:00pm, at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula.  Funeral Service will follow 4:00pm in the chapel with Deacon Frank W. Martin officiating.   Graveside will be Privately held by family only after the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society in his memory. 

We would like to thank Singing River Hospital, doctors, nurses, and staff and the Hospice of Light.  Special thanks go to Cindy "Catfish" Hamm, Rhonda Deschesnes, and Michael Gray.  You are all our Living Angels!

We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at O'Bryant O'Keefe Funeral Home for the wonderful care they have provided.  You may send condolences to his family or share a memory of him on the Tribute Wall. 


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June 26, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home Pascagoula
4811 Telephone Rd
Pascagoula, MS 39567

Funeral Service
June 26, 2022

4:00 PM
O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home Pascagoula
4811 Telephone Rd
Pascagoula, MS 39567

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