Ryan F. Nikolaas, age 53, of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday June 5th, 2023, with his big brother at his side. Ryan was born to Johannes (Hans) Nikolaas and Epkea (Kay) Nikolaas on May 1st, 1970. The middle of three children, Ryan was born in Grand Rapids and later moved to and grew up with his siblings in Richland, Michigan. Ryan graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1988 and worked for the family business, Acro-Tech Mfg.
Ryan was an avid outdoorsman and loved all things nature. As a child he enjoyed spending time with the family at Little Long Lake swimming, boating, ice skating, snowmobiling, climbing trees and causing trouble. He loved to go hunting with his Dad and brother and their friends. Ryan loved animals and always had dogs & cats around him. He even shared his sister's love of horses.
Ryan enjoyed life and especially sharing time with his very dear friends. They met every Friday night for years and he always looked forward to those fun times playing games and telling stories. His friends meant a great deal to him.
Ryan was preceded in death by his Opa & Oma (Fred & Wieke) Ten Hoor, his sister in law, Cindy Nikolaas and his aunt, Becky Ten Hoor.
Ryan is survived by his father Hans Nikolaas (Tineke Boelen), his mother Kay Nikolaas, his brother, Jan (Sheila) Nikolaas, his sister, Kristina (Pierre) Goulet, his partner Jeannie Ellison, uncles John (Becky Li) Ten Hoor and Bob Ten Hoor, nephew, Mitchell (Courtney) Nikolaas and niece, Amanda Nikolaas.
Celebration of life services will be held at a later date for friends & family.