Nicholas Williams, of Leawood, KS passed away Thursday, April 28. He was born February 2, 1979. He was the son of Jim and Lois Williams, also of Leawood. He graduated from Blue Valley North High School and attended college at the University of Kansas. Growing up, he played soccer and basketball, and he really excelled at baseball. He was fortunate to have attended a game of the 1985 World Series. Nicholas loved fishing, particularly at the family home on Lake Pomona. Nicholas enjoyed snow skiing, which he discovered while on vacations with his family to visit his aunts and cousins in Nevada. He appreciated spending time with his family, his dog, Matrix and his Macaw, Kiko.
Early in his life, Nicholas appreciated a love of animals, beginning with a job he held with Bradford Pet Hospital, learning what it takes to run a business from Dr. Jed Barnes, its owner. While Nicholas loved all animals, he had a special place in his heart for Kiko, his green-winged macaw whom he hand-fed from the time before her eyes had opened and was with him for 28 years. While in college, Nicholas had a 7-foot red-tailed boa snake, and a 5-foot iguana. He very much enjoyed them all, but Kiko was his mate for life. Anyone knowing Nicholas knew Kiko.
Nicholas was an amazing child and young adult. When in high school, he started a lawn care business, which he built up to 80 lawns at one time. He was hard-working and well-organized, particularly for one so young.
When Nicholas was only 6 years old, his sister, Lindsey, who was 3 ½, died following open-heart surgery. He had never known life without his sister, and he never overcame the void left in his life when she died. Even in modern day, he would sob whenever Lindsey was discussed.
When in college, Nicholas began to struggle with mental health issues. These issues plagued him throughout his adult life and created a pain that he simply could not rise above. On Thursday, his pain ended, when Nicholas joined his sister, Lindsey Beth, his grandparents, his aunt, and his cousin in the Kingdom of Heaven. Having waited nearly 40 years, he was finally reunited with those who had made him whole so early in life. He leaves, however, a massive wake of grief in that path where we all loved and supported him.
Nicholas is preceded in death by his sister, Lindsey Beth, his maternal grandparents, Art and Emma Wearth, his Aunt Linda, a cousin, Matthew Ayo, and his paternal grandparents, Donald and Bernie Williams, Sabetha, KS. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Jim and Lois, a sister, Taylor Inman (Ryan), and their 2 children, whom Nicholas adored – Wyatt and Ruby. He is also survived by a brother, Jordan Williams (Laura), and his aunts, Hope Williams and Mary Dawn (Mark) Ayo, Cousins, Martha (Jason) Rogers, Arin Knight, Gabby and Ben Patterson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to Burge Bird Rescue, a nonprofit, no-kill organization for unwanted pet birds providing care they need and helping find forever homes. Donations may be made online at burgebirdrescue.com or checks may be sent to 13833 South 71 Hwy, Grandview, MO 64030. Donations may also be made to Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224, Nicholas Williams Instrumental Music fund, c/o Dr. Craig Theis .
On Thursday May 5th at 2:00 PM, a celebration of Nicholas’s life will be held in the Main Sanctuary (Building A) of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66209. Visitation will follow the service in the narthex.
THE SERVICE WILL BE LIVE STREAMED FROM CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY AT 2:00 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 5, BY CLICKING -