Jay A. Nicolaides, 56, of Highland died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the funeral home.
He was born on March 3, 1959 in Highland to Melvin and Shirley (McNeill) Nicolaides. On Feb. 25, 1984, he married Rose A. Hixson. She survives in Highland.
Mr. Nicolaides was raised in Grantfork, and he graduated of Highland High School in 1977.
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He was an EMT for the city of Highland for several years. He started working for MIREX Corp., as a field technician for copy machines. In 1989, he moved to Tulsa, Okla., to work for a copying company. In 1995, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was service manager for U.S. Cellular. In 1997, he moved back to Tulsa and worked as a national repair manager for U.S. Cellular. In 2000, he worked for GEF as a field technician on wide-format printers. His latest job he started in 2011, for EFI, where he worked as a field engineer. In 2013, he returned to Highland.
He loved NASCAR; his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr. He also enjoyed woodworking and had just purchased an over-sized router.
Mr. Nicolaides did everything to make his grandsons happy — four-wheeling and tractor rides were always fun for the grandsons. He was always helping friends and neighbors. He was a “very outgoing man.”
He was a former member of the GUTS Church in Tulsa, Okla.
Other survivors include a son, Michael W. (significant other Kim) Meuser of St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter, Tiffany A. (Jimmy) Hawks of Highland; grandchildren, Noah J. Meuser of Tulsa, Okla., Alexander E. Fuhr of Redding, Calif., Jeremiah W. Meuser of Tulsa, Okla., Ezra L. Meuser of Tulsa, Okla., Alexander H. Hawks of Highland, Maximus H. Hawks of Highland and Oliver E. Meuser of St. Louis, Mo.; and brothers, Neill R. (Janet A.) Nicolaides of Highland and Curtiss L. Nicolaides of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died in 1993; his mother, who died on Oct. 11, 2004; his step-father, Oliver Willmann, who died in 1976; and a brother, Rodney G. Nicolaides, who died in 2007.
Memorials may be made to Victory Junction.