Nicholas Holcombe

Nicholas Lee Holcombe was the third child welcomed by his parents, Cathy and Steve Holcombe of Columbus, Neb. He was happily greeted by his big sister and brother, and just two years later this little group became a gang of four when another little brother was born. They were “one for all and all for one,” creating a bond of enduring love, still in place today.
Nicholas was an honor student at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City, S.D., and graduated, earning his associate of applied science degree.
Nick’s work life was varied as he was a “Jack of all Trades.” His skills allowed him to work in construction, plumbing, equipment operation, as well as retail and warehouse positions. Nick’s ability to learn new skills quickly, his strong communication skills, as well as his desire to be a team player, made him an asset to all his employers.
Nick forged friendships with both feral and domestic pets. He had a love for all animals, especially cats and dogs. He was an avid reader of history, religion, and philosophy. Nicholas was a dedicated body builder, whose muscles were commandeered by the family. Nick’s real passion was his love of family and home. He enjoyed hiking with his family, golf outings and trips to the Oregon beaches.
Nicholas blessed us all with his quick wit, imagination and appreciation of all things comedic. All of Nick’s impersonations and general shenanigans left our family with a trove of happy memories; some uncensored, but all lovingly shared.
Nicholas also maintained a close relationship with his grandparents, Lauren and Melinda Holcombe, despite 1,600 miles distance. Grandpa and grandma were two of Nick’s biggest fans. Although grandpa passed away at 97 years old, just one month ago, Grandma Melinda, 94, shares in our sorrow and heartbreak at our separation from Nick.
Nicholas, of Eugene, Ore., passed away peacefully in his home March 18, 2024. He was 45.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Lauren Holcombe; and grandparents, Joseph and Irene Wade.
Nick is survived by his father, Steven Lee Holcombe; mother and stepfather, Cathy and Dennis Zellner; brothers, Neil Joseph Holcombe and Bradley Steven Holcombe; sister- and brother-in law, Diana and Derrick Short; and grandmother, Melinda Holcombe.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. – John 11:25.
Arrangements are in the care of Sunset Hills Cemetery, Funeral Home, Crematorium.

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