Nickolas Kalivoda

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Greenoaks Funeral Home
9595 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA

Beloved husband, father, teacher, mentor, and friend, Nick departed from this life on March 10, 2013 at the age of 90. A celebration of his life will be held beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Chapel on the Campus, 3355 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. The service will be led by Pastor Donald Tabb. Other speakers will be James Gill, Jack Lynch, Gordon Jarnagin, and Louis Hilliard. Nick dedicated his life to spreading the gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ that eternal life is available to anyone through God's grace; it is a gift. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23). "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9). Nick founded the Radio Bible Course in 1986; his teaching can be heard on three Louisiana stations. He was a lecturer in Bible and Bible Archaeology in LSU's Continuing Education program for more than ten years. He also led numerous group tours to the Holy Lands. Until recently, he continued to teach the Campus Bible Class for the public on Sundays (9:15 AM) at the LSU Burden Center in Baton Rouge. Nick was born on April 22, 1922 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Nickolas and Marie Kalivoda who had immigrated to America from central Europe in search of a better life. He served our country as an officer in the United States Navy through active duty in World War II and then in the Naval Reserve until his retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Nick earned a degree in Bible Archaeology at Wheaton College, a Master of Journalism degree at LSU, and studied at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1948-51. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree "for distinguished Christian service" as a layman by Western Seminary in 1994. Nick had a career in public relations at LSU and served as Religion Editor of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1981-83. He is the author of two booklets entitled "Grace" and "Heaven's Password" along with over 40 Bible courses available on MP3 CD or cassette tapes which may be obtained at He served on the Board of Directors of Radio Bible Course, Ltd. and the Cutting Edge Foundation, a medical mission in the central African country of Chad. He had previously served on the Board of Directors of the Medical Centers of West Africa, a medical mission in the western African country of Cameroon. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Kalivoda, and his granddaughter Amanda Kalivoda. He is survived by his wife Barbara, a sister Jean Garcia, Erie, Pennsylvania, a brother Dr. Theodore Kalivoda and wife Dee, St. Charles, Missouri, three sons, Nick Kalivoda III and wife Sheila, Dr. Eric Kalivoda and wife Teresa, and Christian Kalivoda and wife Jane, three stepdaughters, Karen Coltharp and husband Dr. George Catalano, Binghamton, New York, Debbie Coltharp, and Pam Coltharp and husband Rex Rainach, grandchildren, Nick Kalivoda IV, Lacey Adams, Christian Coltharp-Parr, David LeClere, II, and Josh LeClere, and brother-in-law Alan Bennett and wife Bettye, Azle, Texas. Nick's family is grateful to the physicians, nurses, PCAs, and other staff at the Baton Rouge General Hospital for the excellent care they provided and their genuine concern. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Radio Bible Course, P.O. Box 25301, Room 101, LSU Union Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or Cutting Edge Foundation, c/o Dr. Bert Oubre, P.O. Box 2266, Irmo, SC 29063.
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