Donald William Nienkerk

October 30, 1943 - January 7, 2023

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Norfolk- Donald William Nienkerk, age 79 of Norfolk, VA, passed away on January 7, 2023. He was born October 30, 1943, in Pipestone, Minnesota, the oldest son of the late Frank and Evelyn Nienkerk.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary Nienkerk and Raymond Nienkerk. Don is survived by his ex-wife, Patricia, daughter Amber, son-in-law Joe, and grandson Thomas.

Don joined the Navy in 1964 where he was stationed in Antarctica and Spain. He spoke fondly of his experiences and the relationships he established.

After the Navy, he decided to make Norfolk, VA his home. He attended Old Dominion University where he received his bachelor’s degree in education. Don’s first teaching job was at Booker T. Washington High School as a Mathematics teacher. He loved teaching where he was able to touch the lives of many. After 30 years of dedication, he retired from Booker T. Washington High School.

In his retirement years he spent most of his time enjoying the great outdoors by fishing, horseback riding and camping.

Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting his family.

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Adrian Batts
1 year ago

Unequivocally one of the most comical, enthusiastic, and challenging math teachers I ever had. He made you work for your grades, but enjoy math at the same time.
He was very sociable, concerned, and unbiased. Thanks Mr. Nienkerk!

Ray McNew
1 year ago

Amber, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. You , Joe, and Thomas have my deepest sympathy. Although I didn’t know him personally, listening to you talk about him, I was able to get a sense that he was a good person.

angela mason
1 year ago

Extremely sorry to hear about dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man.

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