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Howard Rennie Nahikian

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“To the family, My condolences to you and you are in my prayers. I was in JA during the 70's and I enjoyed Howard's company. He was inspiring...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Rosalie Jordan - Dublin, VA

“yes, we remember you in a suit coming to work as both of us worked at the WP. You were a memerable guy then and have always been so. You will...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: clare and judy schroeder - coloma

“I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm keeping your families in my thoughts and prayers. I hope God brings you comfort and support during this...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Pedde - St. Joseph, MI

“It has been my honor to have been able to know and work with Howard. During my first Golden Eagles meeting in 2004, Howard introduced me by telling...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Locatis - Friend

“I'll always remember Howard's laugh and smile. He could light up a room! What a great guy. He'll be missed. My prayers are with the family. ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: jack kelly - st jospeh, MI

“Dear Janet and family, I'm so sorry I missed the funeral. No one called to let me know that Howard had gone to his reward, after fighting the good...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Jane Ward - Three Oaks, MI

“Janet, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I wanted to be there for you however I was in Chicago. I did not know your husband very well but...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Spencer - Benton Harbor, MI

“Dear Beth & Dick, sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was a great guy and a friend to many. I cherish photos he took of Rod home from Marine...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Burandt Anderson - MI

“Wish we could be there with you. I'm so glad Howard was surrounded by family when he passed. We have many cherished memories of Alaska and other...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Katie and Gus Gammill - Lerna, IL

“Janet and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Howard was a great man, active in organizations and his community. Janet I know how devoted you are...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Deb Kavanaugh - Hagar, MI

“Janet, Sorry to see the news about Howard. He was a terrific person with a wonderful sense of humor. There will never be a better President of the...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Florence - Perrysburg, OH

“Janet, My prayers go out for you and your family in this difficult time. Howard was a great man and did much for others. He will be missed by...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Gil Urban - Saint Joseph, MI

“Janet, I was so sorry to hear about Howard's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless... ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Tabor - Itasca , IL

“Janet - so sorry for your loss. Met Howard during our "dog beach days" and enjoyed visiting with him. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Stay...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Cayo - Benton Harbior, MI

“The smile seen in his picture captures what we remember most about Howard. While our association was brief, we will always have fond memories of him...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: John & Lissa Nadeau - Coloma, MI

“Janet, George and I send our love and prayers to you at this most difficult time. We dearly loved Howard and enjoyed spending time with both of you....Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Katherine and George Smith - TN

“Beth and Dick, I am sorry to hear about Howard. I know its very hard to lose a parent losing my mother almost 5 years ago is still hard at times. I...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Missy Joanis

“Janet, You have our deepest sympathies. Howard has always been just a super guy and his smile and anecdotes will certainly be missed. We will...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Jim Czech - VAIL, AZ - Friend

“Dear Janet & Family! Certainly my sincere sympathy, love & support to you & yours. I think of your "loved one" with the words, "Absolute Delight!"...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Fr. Bill Jacobs - Benton Harbor, MI

“Janet - So many memories, so many shared love and support. Please know you are in my prayers. Howard and yourself are more than just friends. I'll...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Margaret Russell

“Dear Jan, my heart goes out to you on your great loss. Howard will always be remembered for his great smile, laughter, humor and personality. Always...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Dorothy Farris - Dunedin, FL

“I worked with Howard while at the St Joseph Division....A great guy and friend...So many great times we shared...Rest in Peace old friend.... ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Guinn Hill - Benton Harbor, MI

“Jan...I am so sorry to hear about Howard but know he is "upstairs" directing and taking some beautiful pictures. Howard was a friend for many years...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Irene Fiskars - St. Joseph, MI


Howard Rennie Nahikian, 73, of Coloma, passed away at Lakeland Regional Medical Center – St. Joseph, on Thursday, October 18, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 PM on Monday, October 22, 2012 at St. John's Catholic Church, 600 Columbus, Benton Harbor; officiated by Father William Jacobs, Jr. Friends may call from 4:30 until 7:00 PM Sunday, October 21 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph; with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Catholic Community Center or the Readiness Center. Friends wishing to send a condolence may do so at the guest book at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Howard was born in Allegan, Michigan on February 23, 1939 to Dickran & Elizabeth (Rennie) Nahikian. He graduated from Western Michigan University and also attended Grad School at the University of Michigan. He worked at Whirlpool for over 30 years before retiring. On June 1, 1996 he married Janet Zilkowski at Hagar Township Beach.
Howard was president of Golden Eagles, bookkeeper for Berrien Springs Library, treasurer of Berrien Kennel Club and life member of the Twin Cities Camera Club. He restarted the Eaton Park baseball organization and was the director of the Eaton Park Invitational, which still exists today. He was also president of the St. Joseph Junior Achievement and was instrumental in inspiring many young people to succeed in business today.

He is survived by his wife Janet of Coloma; a son Dickran Nahikian of Chicago, IL; a daughter Elizabeth (David) Mabry of St. Joseph; two granddaughters Sarah and Dana; two brothers Dickran (Jean) Nahikian of Westminster Co. and James (Dee) Nahikian of Evart, MI.

He was preceded in death by a brother William Nahikian.