Francis B. "JR" Fikel, Jr.

Born: Sun., Jul. 28, 1946
Died: Mon., May 21, 2018


11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Thu., May 24, 2018
Location: Williams County Veterans Memorial Building

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., May 24, 2018
Location: Williams County Veterans Memorial Building

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Francis B. “JR” Fikel, Jr, 71, of Montpelier passed away early Monday morning at his home.  He was born on July 28, 1946 in Edon to Francis B. “Bud” and Zelda Ilene (Wolff) Fikel, Sr.  JR graduated from Edon High School.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.  On May 11, 1996 he married Sandra J. Boden in Hocking Hills and she survives.

JR retired from Detroit Edison after 31 years.  He was also the owner / operator of Kesas Cove Resort in Coldwater, Michigan for 20 years.  JR also did welding at the Sears Tower, Toledo Zoo and Cedar Point.  He was an avid hunter and fisher.  JR never knew a stranger, he was a people person and was always lending a helping hand.  He worked hard and played hard and was a great story teller.  JR was also a carpenter.  He was a member of the Iron Workers Local #55, Montpelier Eagles and the Coldwater Eagles.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sandy; three children Roderick (Rebel Friend) Fikel of Coldwater, Michigan, Jarrett (Amy) Fikel of Temperance, Michigan, and Nicole McDonnell of Lambertville, Michigan; three step children, Toni (Steve) Bump of Hillsdale, Michigan, Tina (Lambert) VanderMade of Sherwood, Ohio, Tracy (Aaron Snyder) Robertson of Montpelier; eleven grandchildren, Troy, Alexandra, Misheala, Harrison, Clayton, Harlie, Aubrey, Colin, Boden, Landric and Jackson; siblings, Darlene (Paul) Green of Edon, Violet Chance of Edon, Rose Miller of Edon, Fred (Kathy) Fikel of Montpelier, Tom Fikel of Montpelier, Kenny (Tarry Eicher) Fikel of Montpelier, Kay (Larry) Wendorf of Edon, Chris Baughman of Bryan; and special friends Zack Horter and S.J. Olijhoek.

JR was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Fikel and sister Martha Teats.

Visitation for JR will be on Thursday, May 24th from 11a-2pm at the Veterans Building at the Williams County Fairgrounds.  Services will follow at 2pm at the Veterans Building with Pastor John Winright to officiate. Military honors will be presented by the Montpelier Veterans. A celebratory dinner will be provided immediately following services at the lodge at Lake Seneca. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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Deb and Joe Bohner
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
We are sorry for the loss of your family member. He was such a great man full of life and always knew how to enjoy life. He will be missed. Once again sorry for your loss

Angie Schrom Buchko and family
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to get through your grief and peace knowing he is not in pain.

Christine Bennett
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
Sandy and family, we will hold JR in our hearts always. So many good times spent together, laughter, good meals shared. And I have to say, JR, this is truly the worst hand ever. We're gonna miss you our friend.20

Susan pifer
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
Very sad day to our family.prayes and comfort to Sandy and family.

Rick and Sue Szempias
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
Sandy, we are so saddened to hear about JR,,, we will keep you and your Family in our thoughts.

David Wickenheiser
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Very sorry for your loss!

Esther C
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
I send my sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. This scripture brought me comfort when I lost a loved one and I hope it can do the same for your family. (Psalm 34:18) May God give you comfort and the strength to endure through this difficult time.

Sheri Hensley
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Sandy, so sorry to hear of JR's passing. He was such a pleasure to be around. Many good times at Kesa's Cove. Will keep you and the family in my prayers to give you comfort & peace.

Jamie (Dennison) Worman
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Such sad news to hear of Jr's passing. I am thinking of all of you and praying for your peace and comfort during this time.

Diana van Dongen van der Made
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
We are sorry for your loss of JR
We wish you a lot of strength in the coming period

Diana van Dongen vanderMade and family.

Joe Bohner
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
We used to spend many good times together 60 plus years ago, but life has a way of changing things, and causing us to go separate ways. I always enjoyed going to Fikels practically every weekend. It’s probably been 30-40 years since I seen Junior, probably at a reunion. I always liked visiting the Fikels especially Junior, Rosie and Martha, who were near my age. My deepest sympathy for your loss, and pray that God will comfort you at this difficult time.

Janice and Robert Centliver
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Sandy and family,so sorry to hear of JR's passing.You will always be in our prayers.

Lon Gearhart
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
So sorry to hear the passing of my former High School Classmate. My condolences to the family.Funny story to tell about JR.; I left with my parents car from Jack Deans Diner in Columbia and JR was leaving at same time, drag raced our vehicles, of course , he won and I ran into Salt Barrel at corner of Route 49. My Dad came out, did not tell him about the drag race of course. Always remember the good times. God Bless to all.

Lu Ann Watson
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
Dear Sandy, I will always remember JR setting at your house in CW on the Kesas Cove house porch. He and I admired your view, when I was there for a visit once. He said it was paradise, and I agreed. My heart breaks for the loss of your partner in crime and in fun! I hope memories comfort you for years to come and starting a new chapter in your life, is literal now, with JR gone. But we both know he would want you to enjoy life to its fullest, so make yourself happy, and he will be looking down and be happy for you and your girls(the dogs)! Sending love and hugs!

Larry Brenner
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Our hearts are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
JR seemed to always know when we needed help and was always right there to bail us out. He will live on forever in our memories.

Love and prayers, Larry Brenner and Family

Allen and Jo Ann Hall
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Dear Sandy, we are so saddened by the passing of JR. He was a wonderful person. We will miss his smile and laughter and the stories he used to tell. Our hearts ache for you and your family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you shared together.

Mike and Judy Ruzich
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
You and JR will always be in our hearts Sandy. I wish we could have been there today. I'd have been very happy to offer you a shoulder to lean on. I cannot begin to imagine your pain, but always remember that you and JR were family to a lot of folks. We love you both.

Donald D Johnson
   Posted Sat May 26, 2018
Sorry for your loss, Sandy. My son Donald and his two sons enjoyed our times with you and JR.

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