Kenneth Nicola, 85, Bismarck, passed away on April 1, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona after a three-year battle with Leukemia. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 at St. George’s Episcopal Memorial Church, 601 N Fourth St, Bismarck.
Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Ken was born on November 16, 1935 in Bismarck. Following his high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from September 1954 to July 1956. He majored in English at North Dakota State University.
After working in several states, Ken returned to Bismarck to help his mother operate the family bowling alley/bar. After selling the business, he began purchasing rental properties which he owned and operated for many years. During this time, he also worked as a server at several local fine-dining restaurants.
He was an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Memorial Church in Bismarck. Ken was a member of the Dakota Zoo and a lifetime member of the Elks. He was an Associate Member at Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, Ariz.
Ken sold his rental properties and became a “winter visitor” in Arizona and owned his own home there. He was a Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League and competed in several tournaments.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in Kenneth’s name.