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Nicholas D."Nick" Popovich

October 28, 1955 ~ November 13, 2018 (age 63)

Obituary

Nicholas D. Popovich, 63, of Battle Creek passed away on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family after bravely fighting cancer for over seven months. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, and fabulous brother and uncle.

Nick was born on October 28th, 1955 in Battle Creek to Thomas and Madalyn (Ensley) Popovich. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1973 and went on to play baseball at Glenn Oaks Communtiy College. On November 5th, 1988 he married, his best friend and love of his life, Shelli D. Jones in Battle Creek.

Nick worked for the Kellogg Company for 27 years. He was a member of the Kellogg 25 year Club, Battle Creek Area Amateur Baseball Association Wall of Fame inductee and former member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church. When he was younger, Nick was an avid baseball player who played for the Phillies organization for nearly 10 years. Nick enjoyed working out, playing cribbage and euchre, and working in his yard. He especially treasured the time spent with his girls and taking vacations.

He is survived by his wife Shelli of Battle Creek; daughters, Erika (Jimmy Lorraine) Popovich of Williamston and Lexi (Michael Damon) Popovich of Battle Creek; siblings, Penny (Brett) Formsma, Leslie (Mike) Smith, David Popovich all of Battle Creek, and Tom (Pam) Popovich of Mishawaka, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt Smilia Popovich.

Family will greet friends on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Battle Creek Chapel of the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 2838 Capital Ave. SW Battle Creek. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 4pm on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at the Battle Creek Chapel of the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Ray Brandon officiating. Following the funeral service, there will be a Celebration of Life at Riverside Country Club with dinner, music, stories, and laughter. A private family interment will take place at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens on Monday November 19th, 2018. Family requests memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels in Battle Creek or Angel Cheeks Foundation, a foundation that helps families in financial need give their young child a proper memorial service. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services.

Visitation

NOV 17. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

Battle Creek Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave. S.W.
Battle Creek, MI, 49015

Service

NOV 18. 4:00 PM (EST)

Battle Creek Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave. S.W.
Battle Creek, MI, 49015

Celebration of Life

NOV 18. 5:30 PM

Riverside Country Club
245 E. Columbia Ave
Battle Creek, MI, 49014

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