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Theodore Palmer Nykreim

Jun 25, 1940 - May 3, 2017

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Stockholm - Theodore Palmer Nykreim, 76, of Stockholm, Maine, died May 3, 2017, after a long illness, with his fiancée, Valada Delaney, by his side. Theo was born in Fox Creek, Wisconsin, to Theodore Nykreim and Ann Maier. He had two brothers, Charles and Kermit and one sister, Lavonne. He had three children with his wife Joan: Torbjorn, Thea Maia, and Guthorm. He adopted Michael. He later married Thea Ann and has a step-daughter, Lauree Jean.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Marines, where he made Captain and became a pilot. He flew C130s carrying supplies into Vietnam. He worked for Boeing where he and two other men developed the skin that covers airplanes. This shell is still used today. He also worked for Lockheed, Rockwell, and E Systems.
He loved airplanes, books and the Acadian culture. He was a member of the Republican party, Heritage Groups, "Get salmon back into Maine", and Go Van Buren. He was a Selectman for Stockholm. Theo promoted tourism in Northern Maine.
Theo was predeceased by his parents, his son Torbjorn and wife Thea Ann. He leaves behind his fiancée, Valada, and his children: Thea Maia, Guthorm, Michael, and step-daughter Lauree.
Donations may be made to The Dahlgren Skidgel Farm of Hope, 358 Washburn Rd, Caribou, ME, or to Heritage Foundation of your choosing. A graveside service will be held on May 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Caribou, Maine. A reception for Theo will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stockholm, Maine.
Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at directcremationofmaine.com.
Published on  May 13, 2017
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