John "Nick" Lawrence, 79, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away at 7:13 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Born August 2, 1940 in Denver, Colorado, he was the son of David F. Sr. and Margorie (Campbell Baker) Lawrence.
At the age of 9, Nick moved to California with his mother and grandmother. After graduating from San Dieguito Union High School in California, he attended Colorado State University. Nick had lived in Australia for a few years doing geology work. He had owned a bookstore, gun shop, was a former golf pro at a golf course and owned an alfalfa farm in Colorado from 1979-2003. On October 21, 1988, he married Bobbieann (Yagel) Zumbrun in Hartwell, Georgia and would move to Bobbieann's home in Columbia City and continue to farm with her. They would operate the two farms in Columbia City and Colorado for many years together.
Nick loved to fish and each winter he would go to New Zealand to fish. He also traveled with Bobbieann as they showed horses and went to the Pinto World Championship events. Nick was a lifetime member of the Pinto Horse Association of America and was active with the Indiana Pinto Horse Association.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbieann Lawrence; step-mother, Kay Lawrence of Denver, CO; half-brother, David (Lori) Lawrence, Jr. of Englewood, CO; half-sister, Sally Lawrence of Englewood, CO; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Margorie Martin.
A gathering of family and friends will be 10-1:45 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Eatherton officiating. He will be laid to rest at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in Nick's memory to the Pinto Heritage Foundation Scholarship Fund, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Pat Dyer Memorial Fund. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send his family condolences online.
Bobbieann, I just heard from Kathey of the passing of your husband. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and you will be in my prayers. Debby Jacobs Anderson
Dear Bobbie Ann, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you Diane Shrock
My heart and prayers are with you Bobbieann. Sandy blilie
Dear Bobbieann: I'm so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are will you. Joe Nelson
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In the passing of Nick.
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So sorry Bobbieann. There is a lot about Nick that I didn't know. RIP Nick. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Love you.
Nick always had a kind word of encouragement as I began my Pinto show career...he was a wonderful man. Please accept my sincere prayers for your family's healing.
BA, I am sorry to see this. Nick was truly a great man. I know he is in heaven along with other family, friends, and numerous animals and he is pain free now.
What a great and kind man! The lord gained a special person this morning! RIP Nick!
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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