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OBITUARY

William "Bill" Ernest Niklaus

October 4, 1953March 12, 2021
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William "Bill" Ernest Niklaus, age 67, of El Cajon, California passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021. "Bill" was born October 4, 1953 in Wisconsin to Barbara Ann Niklaus and Walter Ernest Niklaus.

"Bill" is survived by daughter Tara Sue Rainer (Fred Rainer) of Shepherdsville, Kentucky; and son Dustin John Niklaus (Elena) of Murrieta, California.

"Bill" was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Lee Niklaus; father Walter Ernest Niklaus and mother Barbara Ann Niklaus; sister Linda Zeipke and brother Walter J. Niklaus.

William is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

A memorial service for "Bill" will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service, 684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elcajonmortuary.com for the Niklaus family.

  • FAMILY

  • Nancy Lee Niklaus, Wife (deceased)
  • Tara Sue Rainer (Fred Rainer), Daughter
  • Dustin John Niklaus (Elena), Son
  • Walter Ernest Niklaus, Father (deceased)
  • Barbara Ann Niklaus, Mother (deceased)
  • Linda Zeipke, Sister (deceased)
  • Walter J. Niklaus, Brother (deceased)
  • William is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

William "Bill" Ernest Niklaus

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Gail Olson-Smith

May 8, 2021

Dear Family, I was a classmate and friend of both of your parents. Bill was a good friend, being that he was an “N” and I was an “O”. We had lockers next to each other and sat next to each other in class!! Bill was always so kind and funny. He loved to have fun. I spoke with your dad after your mom passed. That was so sad. I am going to drop rose petals for your dad in the Pacific Ocean. Sending you all hugs and Aloha. Gail Olson-Smith

Tara Rainer

April 8, 2021

William Niklaus

April 8, 2021

Brothers

Dustin Niklaus

April 8, 2021

Dirt bike riding with family

Dallian Acosta

April 8, 2021

Brianna Acosta

April 8, 2021

Cindy R.

April 8, 2021

Tara Rainer

April 8, 2021

Bastian's graduation

Kelly Malo

April 7, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Prideaux

April 7, 2021

So sorry to hear this and sorry for your loss.

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Biography

Over 40 years ago, it was 1976. he was all of 22 years old and getting out of the Marine Corps with a wife and 2 children to support. Unless you're my dad's age or older you can't understand how bad things were back in the 70's. The words our grandpa spoke to our dad over the phone were burned in his memory. Our grandpa said "Don't come home, there's nothing for you here." What our grandpa meant was, there was no future in Wisconsin, no jobs. Now you know how it is my mom and dad stayed and settled in California.

My mom and dad were truly on their own and it wasn't easy. They had no one to fall back on but themselves. My brother and I can't tell you how many times my dad had to hitchhike to work and back, take the bus or walk because the car was broken down. Somehow they got by and they were happy to have each other. He was a phone call away from reenlisting in the Marines.

He always wished we had family near by. Instead we hade a lot of very good friends. Taking care of my brother and I and our mom was always his first priority. We never got rich and he always feared being poor. He worked hard and always made sure we had what we needed. Good friends helped them along the way. He worked 2 jobs for as long as my brother and I can remember. Even in the Marines he had a side job fixing cars and working the graveyard shift at 7-11. He always made sure the bills were paid. And made sure my brother and I had birthday parties, hot meals, nice clothes, toys, and activities to make us whole. He was proud of where we came from and what our mother and he achieved to make us whole. It truly was hard work, and in his eyes, it paid off in the end.

If there was one thing my dad always said to us, "it wouldn't be money nor property, cars, trucks, guns, or gadgets. Instead it would be the desire to work hard, achieve, love, and do it all with passion and integrity. Our success is not in the size of our paycheck, but in the heart you put into achieving your goals." He also told us that it is said, "the richest man in the world has nothing without love, passion and someone to share it with. So share your passion with others- give and be generous with others. Teach, coach, give and be generous with your knowledge. Share your experiences and don't turn your back on those who are less fortunate. Be grateful for what you have and strive to make things better, not only for yourself but for your fellow man as well."