It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you I just learned our
Classmate, Nick Muiznieks, passed away on November 14, 2019, in Clarksville, TN.
Nick is survived by three sons, Rob and his wife, Jenny; David and his wife,
Amy; and Mark and his wife, Clair; and nine grandchildren, Luke, Emma, Mitch,
Ella, Mia, Drew, Matthew, Samuel, and Ava. Nick was predeceased by his wife,
Nick was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, TN.
Condolences may be sent to Rob at 2530 Everwood Court Clarksville, TN 37043.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nick's memory may be made to World
Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Court, Franklin, TN 37067.
Well done, Nick. Be thou at
Class Memorial Pages/L-2 Nick Muiznieks.pdf
His family did leave Latvia to escape the war. They left on foot. His dad went
back to help more people and, unfortunately, Nick, his mom, and sisters never
saw him again. They were soon captured and placed in a work camp were they were
forced to live for several years. Nick talked about it being cold, being hungry,
and hating the smell of limes (that they would put over the mass body graves).
After the war, an American family sponsored them to come to America where they
came by boat to North Carolina. Nick went to school, worked all evening
after school, and learned English. It was then he went to West Point.
1936 - 2019
Nikolajs "Nick" Muiznieks, age 83, of Clarksville, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, at his residence.
Nick was born September 28, 1936, in Latvia, to the late Nikolajs and Ida
Muiznieks. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Muiznieks; and
his three sisters, Helga Muiznieks, Astrida Muiznieks, and Hedy Harju.
Mr. Muiznieks was a US Army veteran. He was a West Point graduate, toured in
Vietnam, where he earned a Silver Star, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Nick was a member of Barkers Mill Church of Christ, where he served as an elder.
He previously served as an elder at Hilldale Church of Christ. His passion was
evangelism. He loved working outdoors and on his farm.
A Celebration of
Life Service will be held Sunday, November 17, at 3:00 PM, at the Chapel of
Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, with Bro. Steve Kirby officiating. Burial
will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, November 17, from
12:00 PM until the hour of service, at the funeral home.
Nick is survived
by three sons, Rob (Jenny) Muiznieks, David (Amy) Muiznieks, and Mark (Clair)
Muiznieks; and nine grandchildren, Luke, Emma, Mitch, Ella, Mia, Drew, Matthew,
Samuel, and Ava Muiznieks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made, in Nick's honor, to World Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Court,
Franklin, TN 37067.
Arrangements are entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman
Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488.
Assembly/Taps Memorial Article:
NIKOLAJS R. MUIZNIEKS
Cullum No. 23672-1961 | November
14, 2019 | Died in Clarksville,
in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, TN
Nikolajs Robert “Nick” Muiznieks was born in the country of Latvia on September
28, 1936. When World War II broke out in Europe and the German Army moved
east into Poland, he moved with his family to the United States in order for
them to remove themselves from harm’s way. Unfortunately for Nick, he had an
extremely difficult childhood after coming to America when he was only 9
years old, as he did not speak English, but he soon was able to become
adapted to a comfortable life in the United States. In 1957, after
graduating from high school, Nick was appointed to the United States
Military Academy at West Point as a first alternate from the state of North
Carolina, and he joined the Class of 1961. After successfully completing the
strenuous physical and mental training in West Point’s Beast Barracks in the
summer of 1957, he received his permanent assignment to Cadet Company L-2.
He was a model cadet for the following four years, easily overcoming the
rigorous physical demands placed on each cadet and successfully meeting the
formidable academic challenges of the Academy. As a cadet, he exhibited
strong leadership traits, especially as a squad leader his senior year,
effectively training the six plebes under his command. On graduation day,
June 7, 1961, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery
as his branch of service. After two months of graduation leave with his
family, Nick successfully completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA,
followed by graduation from the Field Artillery basic course at Fort Sill,
OK. For the next several years, spent Stateside, Nick was a battery officer
in different field artillery units.
Much of his 21 years of military service time was spent in various important
Army assignments in Europe. His first European duty was in Germany in 1967,
where he was a battery officer in the 4-41st Field Artillery Brigade for
over two years. The situation was tense those days in Europe as there was
always the threat of a Russian invasion from the East. After that initial
duty assignment, Nick was posted to Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe as a
staff officer. Following this first Germany tour of duty Nick was sent to
Vietnam in 1969, where he was assigned to the Headquarters, Military
Assistance Command, Vietnam. While there he earned a number of significant
awards for his exemplary service during numerous military operations, these
awards included the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Combat
Infantryman Badge. After Vietnam he returned to the United States for
subsequent duty in 1970 as a staff officer in plans at Headquarters,
Continental Army Command.
From 1973 to 1981 Nick was again posted to Europe, serving as an operations
staff officer in plans in three separate commands; Headquarters, European
Command; Headquarters, Armed Forces Central Command; and Headquarters, Armed
Forces Southeast Command. His significant language ability in both German
and Russian served him well in those assignments. He was subsequently
awarded Meritorious Service Medals for his outstanding service at all three
In 1981, while still in the Army, Nick completed a Master of Science degree
in Education at the University of Southern California. He finally retired as
a lieutenant colonel in 1982 at Fort Knox, KY, completing 21 years of
outstanding military service to the nation.
Following his retirement, Nick, his wife Margaret, and their family settled
down in West Monroe, LA, and he used his GI bill to attend the school of
biblical teaching at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ. While in
Louisiana, Nick helped operate a coffee business that kept him very busy
along with the raising of his three sons: Rob Muiznieks (pharmacist), David
Muiznieks (pharmacist), and Mark Muiznieks (physician). His sons and their
wives produced nine wonderful and very loving grandchildren for Nick and
Margaret. Nick and his family finally retired to a 200-acre farm he
purchased in Clarksville, TN in 1994. He was very happily married to his
wife Margaret. Unfortunately, she passed away August 10, 2014, and Nick was
never the same after the tragic loss of the love of his life. Nick was also
preceded in death by his three sisters.
Nick was a deeply religious individual who devoted much of his free time
assisting his church. He served as an elder at Hilldale Church of Christ in
Clarksville from December 1997 to August 2005. He was then an elder at
Barker’s Mill Church of Christ from May 2010 to June 2012. He was very
passionate about his ministry and his religion. Evangelism was definitely
his strength, and he enjoyed encouraging others to become more active in
expressing their beliefs. He had a very kind and loving heart, and he was
deeply loved by his family members. He was laid to rest November 17, 2019 in
Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville.
Classmates and friend