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Nicholas ‘Nick’ was born on March 31, 1979, in Rensselaer, Indiana, to Maureen Spriggs. He received his high school diploma from Kankakee Valley High School and attained an associate degree during his time in the United States Air Force. On October 6, 2009, he became a father to his beloved son.
Aside from being a father, Nick was proud to serve in the United States Air Force. He joined the Air Force in August 1997 and spent over 10 years working as an Integrated Communications/Navigations System Craftsman. His career continued to advance as he attended the Airman Leadership School in December 2001 and a Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy in February 2010. During the last half of his military career, he served as a Formal Training Instructor for integrated Communication/Navigation Systems. Nick achieved the rank of Master Sergeant prior to his retirement from the United States Air Force in September 2017, following 20 years of service. During his time in the military, Nick was awarded many medals, most notably the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served three tours of duty in Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
Aside from his accomplishments in the military, Nick was an avid outdoor adventurer, animal lover, cook, gardener, and self-learner. He always loved a good road trip and had the ability to drive extraordinary distances without fatigue. He attributed this to his ‘trucker blood’ which he affectionately said that he got from his grandpa.
During his time while stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, he grew a deep love of motorcycling, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, and camping. Surrounded by 3 mountain ranges, Nick found the inspiration to teach himself how to rock climb and spent countless hours climbing Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains of Arizona. During Nick’s years stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico, Nick bought a small sailboat and learned how to sail at Lake Summer where he also spent many weekends camping. Following his retirement from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, he enjoyed taking his son surf fishing and to the beach. Always having an artist side, Nick began painting on canvas and generated beautiful landscape imagery from which he gathered inspiration from his love of the outdoors.
Nick is survived by his son: Haldon Spriggs, mother: Maureen, sister: Abbe, brother: Ian, grandmother: Mary A. Spriggs, many aunts: Kathy, Heather, Beth, Chelsea, and many cousins.
Nick was preceded in death by his grandfather: Haldon Allen Spriggs.
Graveside services for Nick will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at the Smith Cemetery, Rensselaer, Indiana at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Don Gear officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to K9s For Warriors in Nick's honor. Donations can be shared by visiting