Friends Remember Gregory Nicklas's Life

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Sixty-two-year-old Gregory Nicklas co-founded Christian Heritage Homes with this wife Lisa. It’s an organization to improve children’s lives through fostering. To those who knew him, he was more than the organization.

Nicklas passed away May 29, after being hit by a car while walking his dog.

“He loved cars, he had hobbies, had lots of fun,” Pastor of Spiritual Developer of First Evangelical Free Church, Tom Schindler said. “He lived a balance life.”

Schindler and Nicklas were friends for 20 years. According to Schindler, Nicklas always had time to listen to others and was a good learner and a good builder.

“I miss him,” Schindler said.

To those who didn’t know him as well as Schindler, Gregory was a man who was committed to Christ. Lead pastor, Mark Brunott said since the day they met, Brunott saw passion overflowing from Nicklas.

“I think everyone wants to make the world a better place to live,” said Brunott. “He’s done that through his work.”

Thousands attended the funeral for Nicklas. During the funeral, each of his children spoke about their dad.

“It was moving,” said Brunott. “He was a committed husband and father.”

Schindler and Brunott both said that Nicklas made a difference in the city, as well as the state.

“It made you feel good to know him. He lived a robust life, and it seemed a little short by our standards, but you can’t regret what he did with the life God gave him,” said Schindler.