Nikolas Tutèsum John Baller

Nikolas Tutèsum John Baller, 34 years of age and a resident of Hoquiam for the past twelve years, died of natural causes on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. He was born on March 11, 1980, in Aberdeen to John C. and Pearl L. (Capoeman) Baller and was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.

He was raised and attended school in Taholah and graduated from Taholah High School in 1998. He was active in all types of sports and was a member of the 1997 State Championship Football Team. He attended Centralia College for two years where he studied marketing. He then returned to the harbor area.

He worked as a slot technician for the Quinault Beach Resort, was a crab fisherman, was a commercial fisherman on the Chehalis River and worked at Landon Electric in Montesano.

He attended the Pacific Beach Gospel Chapel. He enjoyed going to Las Vegas, Disneyland, riding his dirt bike and working on his eternal “projects.” He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan, he liked watching NASCAR, was a slow pitch pitcher and pool player. His favorite times were those spent with his wife and sons.

Nikolas Tutèsum John Baller is survived by his wife, Leah E. Baller of the family home in Hoquiam; his two sons, Cody Bear Baller and Carson Boy Baller both of the family home in Hoquiam; his parents, John C. Baller and Pearl L. Capoeman-Baller of Taholah; his brother, Christopher Baller (Jacki) of Aberdeen; his grandfather, Ralph “Papa” Capoeman of Taholah; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Richard and Janet Byrd of Hoquiam; his aunts, uncles, special nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th St. in Hoquiam, Wash., 98550.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Taholah Educational Center Gymnasium in Taholah, Washington with Rev. Stanley Lein officiating. Concluding service with vault interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.

Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam, Wash.

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