Edward S. Nicklaus

July 15, 1917September 10, 2013

Edward Stanley (“Nick”) Nicklaus joined his heavenly father on Sept. 10, 2013 at age 96 surrounded by his loving family. “Nick” led a full and indeed wonderful life, loved greatly by all who knew him. He was born on July 15, 1917 in Dixon, Illinois, the son of Florence and Edward John Nicklaus. He worked at a variety of jobs from when he was young throughout all his life. He worked for Ronald Reagan’s mother in a bookstore in Dixon. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and then transferred to the Air Force where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A devout lover of his country, he served in World War II, was recalled to service during the Korean War and later served in the Air Force Reserves. After World War II he moved with a buddy to San Antonio, Texas where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Billings, while working at Joske’s Department store as a buyer. He and Marilyn married on March 25, 1947 and resided in San Antonio. After leaving Joske’s, he began work as an appliance salesman and was transferred to Austin in 1952. He continued his career as a salesman for over 30 years until his retirement. He became a convert to the Catholic faith at age 70 and was a dedicated member of St. Louis parish in Austin. He had a great love of Las Vegas (especially video poker), the Texas Longhorns and playing bingo with his friends. He is greatly loved and will be remembered for his wit, his optimism, his positive attitude and his great generosity. Edward will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward John and Florence Newbury Nicklaus, and his five brothers—Kenneth, Ralph, Frank (“Fritz”), Donald and William Nicklaus. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn of 66 years, his daughter Carrol Nicklaus of Austin, his son Edward M Nicklaus and wife Debra of Austin and his three grand-daughters Laura, Sarah and Krista Nicklaus who knew him affectionately as “poppy”. Special thanks to the staff of the Retirement Nursing Center of Austin for their compassionate care these last few months. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, with a rosary service beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Rosary Service Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 13, 2013

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Donna Nicklaus/brown

July 17, 2014

To all of Nicklaus family, I,m the lost niece of this wonderful man. I am Donald Robert ,s daughter-Donna. I have been searching for my fathers siblings for a long time . I wish I could have know him as each of you have. May he be rejoycing with his lord . May god bless each of you. Posted 7/16/14. # 815-765-0550

Barbara & Rita Castille & Gorzycki

September 22, 2013

Mother & I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ed. He was such a kind, friendly person who will be missed by all who knew him. May your wonderful memories of life with him give you peace & comfort during this difficult time.

Shane Nicklaus

September 20, 2013

Aunt Marilyn and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Ebby's passing. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do.

Bonnie Kunde

September 19, 2013

So sorry to hear of Ebbie's passing. Wish I could have gotten Ed down there last year. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. Take care. You and Ebbie were always my favorite aunt and uncle.

Bob Chambers

September 13, 2013

I am privileged to have met you. In that brief time I was moved by your wit, wisdom, outlook, and compassion.

September 13, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nicklaus family ... he was a true gentleman and loving family man who will be missed!! Sherill, John, and Joe Donaldson

Tex and Lorna McGill

September 13, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God bless you during this difficult time. We feel fortunate to have known Nick.

Big Star Bingo

September 12, 2013

We will miss you Nick. Condolences to your family from all of us at Big Star.

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

September 12, 2013

Thank you, Nick, for your service to our country.

Rev. Larry Covington

September 11, 2013

My very deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the entire family. We celebrate a good man who shared many years and now knows fully the embrace of his loving creator.