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Leslie "Nick" "Les" Nicholas

June 16, 2020

Funeral Service - Thursday

June 25, 2020
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Leslie "Nick" "Les" Nicholas

June 16, 2020


Leslie “Nick” “Les” Martin Nicholas, 71, of Fargo passed away on June 16, 2020 in Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Campus, Rochester, MN.

Nick was born in Fargo on September 2, 1948 to Alfred and Leota (Murphy) Nicholas. He attended Dilworth schools, graduating from Dilworth High School in 1966. He went on to attend and play football for North Dakota State, being part of their 1968 and 1969 championship teams.

While Nick was in high school, he met, and later married, Patty Jo Griffin. They had two daughters and later divorced. In March of 1978, Nick met Muriel (Mernie) Lund and they were married on December 12, 1978.

Nick worked first in track maintenance as a foreman then as an inspector for Burlington Northern Railroad. He enjoyed competing – and winning – spike driving and pulling competitions. He was medically retired from the railroad in 2001, although he spent many years volunteering with The Red River Zoo. Soon the grandkids came, and he was busy traveling to many of the functions they had. He spent hours watching them in football, basketball, baseball, band, choir, plays, just to name a few. In recent years, he enjoyed his time at their seasonal lake place near Perham.

Nick is survived by his wife, Mernie of Fargo; children: Dawn Nicholas of Mountain Home, Idaho; Randy (Susie) Laurin of Grand Forks, ND; Denise (Darrin) Nicholas-Sandberg of Mountain Home, Idaho; Denyce (Gary) McDonald of West Fargo, ND, Amanda (Aaron) Jones of Hawley, MN, and Leah Nicholas of Grandin, ND; grandchildren, McKenzie (Ruben) Sanchez, Brady Laurin, Whitney Sandberg, Jenna Laurin, Audrey Nicholas-Jones, Braedon McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Landon Nicholas, Avery Jones, Asher Jones, and Jason Sell. Brother, John Nicholas of Mississippi, Sisters, Pat (Morrie) Kelsven of Moorhead, MN, and Sharon Alder of Colstrip, MT. Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends of Bill W.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, brothers-in-law, Eugene Alder and David Lund; and grandson, Jaymon McDonald.

There will be a funeral service at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.


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22 responses to “Leslie “Nick” Nicholas”

  1. Elaine Halverson says:

    Hugs and prayers are to you Mernie and your family. Take care.

  2. Brenda says:

    I am here for you all. Love you Momma Mernie!


  3. Brianna and Gene Schneeberger says:

    Hugs and prayers to you all. We are thinking of you.

  4. Nancy Harrison says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  5. Brian Shea says:


  6. Keith Kuhn and family says:

    Your in our thoughts and prayers

  7. Paulette Anderson says:

    Mernie, I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  8. Tim & Nancy Dawson says:

    We are so sorry. Thoughts and prayers.

  9. Norma Holien says:

    All my prayers and love to all of you at this time, I will miss Les coming to my checkout and visiting with me, catching up on the family and life.

  10. steve sunde says:

    Rest in peace big guy

  11. Joyce MAYER says:

    He was quite the football šŸˆ player back in the days of high school and beyond! Sorry for your loss. RIP LESLIE!!

  12. Bonnie Mohr says:

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  13. Larry Hanson says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I have a lot of great memories of Nick that I will always treasure. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

  14. Love Grant and Shirley says:

    I will miss Nick’s special wave. Hard to imagine him not sitting outside on back step or the deck. Lots of prayers to Mernie, girls and grandkids

  15. Brett Jevne says:

    Our prayers go out to the family. My dad and my brothers really cherish the memories of playing softball with Les he was a very special to us and will be truly missed.

  16. Lyle Marsh says:

    R.I.P. Railroad Brother.

  17. Susann Bolinske says:

    Our prayers go out to the family Mernie. So sorry for you loss. love alway Susann

  18. Bernadette Lipkin says:

    My sincere condolences to you Muriel and your Family.
    Warm thoughts and prayers for your wonderful family.
    Bernadette Lipkin

  19. Bruce Grasamke says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the Nicholas family on your loss. Iā€™m remembering Les as a great teammate, player and person. Hope all are staying well in these uncertain times. Bruce and Susan Grasamke

  20. Ann-Pell Rongen says:

    Much love to you all. I think of you daily.

  21. David Knudson says:

    Les is one of those men who left an immediate impression, always one of my favorite softball teammates. He will be terribly missed. All my thoughts and prayers to you Muriel and the family.

  22. Sharon Lee says:

    Leah, Landon, and Jason

    My heart is with you guys today. I didn’t get to meet your dad and grandpa, but I know that he was a loving, important man in your life. You all 3 gave him much to be proud of. You will be reminded of his strengths daily and thankful that he was your dad and grandpa! Love to you and your family, Sharon Lee

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