Obit: Nikolay, Frank L. #3 (1922 - 2011)


Contact: Robert Lipprandt



Surnames: Archambo, Grisvold, Hackel, Hess, Illig, Nikolay, Talaska


----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wisconsin) Wednesday, December 14, 2011, page 13


Nikolay, Frank L. (October 18, 1924 - December 10, 2011)


Frank L. Nikolay, age 89 of Abbotsford, died on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Abbotsford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 16, 2011 at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. A time of visitation will be held from the church on Friday. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Frank was born on September 1, 1922 in the town of Day, Marathon County to Jacob and Anna (Illig) Nikolay. He attended grade school and graduated from Abbotsford High School at the age of 16. He then entered the University of Madison, WI on a pre-law course. He was in the National Guard and served for a period at Camp Beauregard in Louisiana. When his enlistment ran out, and he was discharged, he returned to the University of Wisconsin. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and served at Pier 9 in Seattle and then in the South Pacific as a navy yeoman (ships clerk). He traveled from Marianna Islands to Leyte Gulf in the Phillipines, Okinawa and Japan.
Frank was discharged from active duty in 1946 when he returned to University of Wisconsin law school and graduated in 1948. In 1948 he opened a law office in Abbotsford. In 1951 he turned the office over to his brother, Jack.

From 1952 to 1954 Frank was US Attorney of the western district.

On August 3, 1957 Frank was united in marriage to Mary E. Grisvold of Chippewa Falls, WI.

In 1958 he was elected to the Assembly for Clark County, serving for 10 years as assistant Minority Leader and majority Floor Leader.

Meanwhile the firm grew to Nikolay, Jensen, Scott, Gamoke and Gruenwald with offices in Abbotsford, Medford and Colby.

Frank enlisted in 1950 in the 32nd Division National Guard as a private and rose through the ranks, retiring as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate section after 30 years.

Frank was pleased to serve his communities in a variety of positions as village, city and town board attorney and also a founding director of the Abby State Bank and serving on the Clark County Board for 36 years.

Frank had many interests, first and foremost, the plight of his fellow man. He was an active democrat his whole life. He believed in helping the "least of these my brethren". He could be a bull dog when he believed the situation called for it.

However, as "thank you" was never far from his lips, he would want to thank everyone who made his life a meaningful journey, with a special thanks to those who ministered to him in his closing days at Pine Ridge and Golden Living Center for the wonderful care.

Frank is survived by his wife Mary, a brother; Jim (Cleo) Nikolay and a sister; Anne (Tom) Talaska as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Jacob and Anna Nikolay, four brothers; Alfred, Melvin, Jack, and George and two sisters; Helen Archambo and Estelle Hess.

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