Nickolas James Schwake was born December 26, 1944 in Sulphur, Oklahoma and passed from this life on July 26, 2022. He grew up just a few blocks from Platt National Park where he acquired his life-long love of the outdoors. After graduation from Sulphur High in 1963, he attended OU where he began his studies in Engineering but changed his major to Sociology. It was while he was a student there that he met his future wife, Teresa. Together they had 2 sons. Nick’s career included several electronics-related jobs, including manager of Harmon Cable for many years. He was a city council member for one term.
Nick had many interests. He loved reading science fiction, sailing, hiking, camping, fishing, and woodworking. His musical tastes included classical, blue grass, jazz and many other genres. Many people did not know that he could play the guitar and the concertina. He and Teresa spent many long hours playing Minecraft on the Xbox.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Marie Schwake, his brother Christopher, and his cousins David, Jon, and cousin by marriage, Shelly.
Nick is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, his son Stephen, his son Thomas, his daughter in law Dionne, his brother Richard, and cousins Mary, Charlie, and Nancy. He is also survived by his “grand-cousins”, Jon and Madison, and his faithful dog Daisy.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.