Don “45” Nickolay

July 27, 1952 - March 22, 2021

Donald A. “45” Nickolay, age 68, of Elko New Market, died Monday, March 22, 2021 with his wife at his side after a brief illness at University of Minnesota Hospital.  Don was born on July 27, 1952 in New Prague to Francis J. and Lorraine L. (Shimota) Nickolay.  He attended St. Wenceslaus School, graduated from New Prague High School, and attended Faribault Vocational-Technical School in welding.  He married the love of his life, LuAnn R. Achilles on September 9, 1978 in Faribault.  He worked for Kraus-Anderson as a laborer and 49er for 35 years.  Don loved anything that had to do with the outdoors.  He belonged to the New Market Sportsman Club and the Minnesota Conservation Federation and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He could be found often on his motorcycle and was an active member of the BPM Motorcycle Club.  His greatest joy came from the time spent with his grandchildren; they were the motivation that kept him going when health challenges made life a little difficult.  He had a ready smile and a gentle spirit and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.


Don is survived by his wife, LuAnn of Elko New Market; children, Jason Nickolay of Elko New Market, Jon Nickolay of Elko New Market, Jessica NIckolay of Shakopee, Jennifer (Mike) Davidson of Iron River, WI; grandchildren, Carson Korba, Jada Foster, Lillie & Evelyn Davidson; father, Francis Nickolay; siblings, David (Sharon) Nickolay of Chanhassen, Susan Dantoft (Jeff Fleming) of Burnsville, Carol (Jim) Pukay of Richfield, Tony (Lisa) Nickolay of Wayzata, Robert Nickolay of Edina.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine; brother, Rich.


Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Mass will be live-streamed on  Visitation will occur from 3:00-3:45 at the south shelter in Memorial Park.  Burial will occur at a later date at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.

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Your Metro Family
25 days ago

To Jason, your Mom, siblings, nieces and nephews,
May warm and wonderful memories of your loved one swiftly overcome your grief.

Kelly Beaudoin
27 days ago

Big Don was a heck of a guy. Such fun we had at KA St. Paul.
Gone but not forgotten. Oh the welcome you must have gotten at
the pearly gates! Rest easy Big Don. Peace.
My sincerest heartfelt sympathy to the entire Nickolay family & friends.

27 days ago

Big Don was such a big part of our KA family. He will be forever remembered and missed.

Janet Vogel Freeman
27 days ago

Nickolay Family: So sorry for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jan and Bryan Freeman

Bob Bohnsack
28 days ago

So long Klootzy.

Bob Fox
27 days ago
Reply to  Bob Bohnsack

Bobby… you guys were best friends and sorry for your loss

Bob Bohnsack
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob Fox

Thank you Bob

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