Jolene Nikl

January 17, 1956December 22, 2017

Jolene D. Nikl, 61, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017. A visitation will take place Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First St. Ankeny, IA 50023). A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (510 E. First St. Ankeny, IA 50021).

Jolene was born January 17, 1956, in Columbus, Nebraska to Henry Jr. and Delores Zohner Brase. She graduated from Shelby High School in Shelby, NE. Jolene was united in marriage to Larry Nikl on June 20, 1990, in Racine, Wisconsin. They welcomed three children, Douglas, Kristina and Rebecca. Jolene attended Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny to become a Dental Hygienist and was most recently working at Ingersoll Dental before her passing.

After watching her children play soccer over many years, Jolene herself became a referee for the game, refereeing many games in the Des Moines area. After years of refereeing, she became an instructor of certification classes where she taught aspiring referees the laws of the game. She was also an avid gardener, enjoyed bird watching, and enjoyed trips in her camper. Most of all though, she loved family time.

Left to cherish her memory are Jolene’s husband, Larry Nikl; children: Douglas Nikl of Colorado, Kristina and Rebecca Nikl, both of Iowa; a sister, Verlene Frey and mother-in-law, Lois Nikl. Jolene was preceded in death by both of her parents; father-in-law, Lawrence Nikl; and 3 brothers, Eugene, Henry III, and Robert Brase.

Memorials may be directed to: Craig Hospital and Quality Living Inc. Memories and condolences of Jolene may be shared with her family on her page at


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Phil Watson

January 20, 2019

Jolene was always a positive influence with a smile for others. She approached me at one of the Referee Academies and said that Kristina would be attending UNI in Cedar Falls and that I should look after her. We brought Kristina into our association, continued her development as a referee, and of course she did really well. I've never had another parent do that, and it shows the amount of love and care that Jolene had for her kids.

Tom ODonnell

January 14, 2019

Jolene and two of her children were Referees at the 2004 Menace Tournament. She was always a joy to work with and will be greatly missed by the soccer community.