Thomas Michael Nicolaus was born November 18, 1957, in Warren, Ohio. He was the son of William and Katherine (Gardner) Nicolaus. He grew up around Cortland, OH, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1976.
On July 16, 1988, he was united in Marriage to Laurel Hopkins in Cortland, OH. Together they were blessed with one son, Karl.
After graduation, he Worked in the oil fields, drove semi across the country, and farmed.
Tom had a love for farm machinery; in particular John Deere. He always enjoyed looking at John Deere tractors with his son, admiring the latest changes and designs in the equipment. He also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and his cat, Leo. He attended St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Tom died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona. He was 62.
He is survived by his special friend of 14 years, Lynnea McCarthy of Cylinder; son, Karl (Sydnie Kinzle) Nicolaus of Ames; brother, William (Marilyn) Nicolaus Jr. of Bristolville, OH; brother-in-law, Tom (Michelle) Hopkins of Philadelphia, PA; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his parents; and his wife, Laurel Nicolaus.