Arthur C. "Art" Nicolai

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Arthur C. "Art" Nicolai, Ed.D., age 88, of Sutton and Lincoln, passed away peacefully on the night of June 9, 2015. Art was surrounded and comforted by his family in Lincoln at the time of his passing. Art Nicolai was born in
The Sutton Hospital at 901 S. Saunders Ave., January 12, 1927, the third son of Fred and Martha (Heinz) Nicolai. He was raised in the John and Emma Gray Historic Home, currently part of the Sutton Nebraska Museum,  urchased by Art's father, Fred Nicolai Jr., from Emma J. Gray in Sept. 1925. Art lived there until Dec. 1944, when he joined the Navy. Art was an avid supporter of athletics, participating in  football, basketball and track at 
Sutton High School. He broke the high school long jump record, placed first in the Clay County 100 m and long jump, and participated in the allconference  football team, 1944. Art graduated Sutton High School in 1944. He frequently attended high school reunions, attending the last in 2015. He served in the Navy during WWII as a radioman on the aircraft carrier USS Point Cruz  (CVE-119). He married Glennis DeVasure in Tekamah, NE,
July 20, 1951. After earning his B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1966, he taught and coached high school sports in Nebraska from 1952 to 1961. He was a high school principal in Hebron 1962- 65. Then, wanting excellence in teacher education, he moved to Professor of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1966, supervising the  education of hundreds of teachers. He retired as Head of the Department in May 1989. Art's memberships includesChrist United Methodist Church, Master Mason, Bartley, NE Lodge Number 228, Sesostris Shrine, American Legion Post  3, Executive Club, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, and Life Member of UNL Alumni Association. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Jr. and Martha (Heinz), and brothers, Fred L. and Frederick Lawrence. Survived by wife, Glennis; daughter, Nancy, of Albuquerque, NM; son, Jim, of Cove, TX; and grandsons, Jeremy and Nathan Nicolai, of Cove, TX. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 13, at Christ United Methodist Church, Lincoln, NE, including Masonic Rites. Graveside service was at 12:30 p.m., with Naval Funeral  Honors at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, NE. "Fair Winds and Following Seas."  
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