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Obituary: David Nolde

David Robert Nolde, 83, of Ventura died at St. John’s Hospital from a heart attack and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which he’d acquired as a young man from a bacterial pneumonia. Nolde was born in New York to German immigrant parents, Charles and Elfrieda Nolde, on July 26, 1938, and grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Absecon, New Jersey, with his sister, Elizabeth, who predeceased him on October 13, 2002.

David had a lifelong love of boating and the sea. He treasured opportunities for activities that allowed him to enjoy the majestic beauty of the ocean, particularly sharing these times with his five children and eight grandchildren. He was looking forward to doing so with his four great-grandchildren. His love of history and the sea led him to military service. After earning an associates degree in 1958 at George Washington University and a bachelors degree two years later from the University of Miami, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard. David served in Puerto Rico during the Vietnam War.

After serving, he began his career at General Electric in Philadelphia, then moved his family to Ventura in 1976 and began a career working for Ventura County Health Care as an administrator in the personnel department. Throughout his life, he found fulfilling joy in actively living out his faith in Jesus Christ by loving others in action, word and deed, first to his children and grandchildren. 

When he retired in 1999, his prayer for God to lead him to a wife to serve in his next phase of life was answered when, shortly after his retirement, he met the love of his life, his wife Dr. Judy Mikovits, a research scientist at the National Cancer Institute. They married October 7, 2000, and David enjoyed traveling with his bride to many world destinations where she delivered lectures of scientific research studies. Treasured memories were trips to his parents’ homeland of Rugen, Germany, in 2003, and Christmas markets with their dear friend Regina who reunited him with his beloved cousin Marguerite (Grete) Hartmann in 2014. 

David will be missed by his family and all who knew the light of his smile and the love of his heart. His attitude in life was contagiously joyful, touching both those who were close to him and strangers he met out and about. His mother called him “Sunshine Boy” when he was young, and he carried that childlike radiance through his entire life. He had a gift for listening and understanding people, and a knack for befriending just about anyone. His family reflects that there “simply is no kinder human,” and he was described as like a “Teddy Bear” in his warmth and friendliness. His wife cherishes sweet memories of music and laughter with him. She is especially thankful for the many times he would text songs that were meaningful to her, like “Calling All Angels” by Train during difficult times — a reminder of his constant support. 

A lover of the ocean. A man of steadfast joy and prayer. A selfless husband. A devoted father and grandfather. David Nolde, a true example of light and love. Memorial services will be held at 12 noon on January 7, 2022, at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park, with the Rev. Rob McCoy officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to ChildrensHealthdefense.org and Caregivers of Ventura County.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry to hear of your loss BUT he did actually die from Covid. Not sure why this obituary is written to state otherwise. FACT he was unvaccinated FACT he caught Covid FACT he died as a result.

  2. I am sorry for your passing, Mr. Nolde.
    COVID-19 has taken its toll on so many victims.
    Sadly the ones responsible for your well-being let you down by pushing their very own agenda.

    Judy, please be honest for once and correct the information about the cause of death.
    He died of COVID.

    Your husband deserves this.

    • What an inappropriate response to a women grieving the loss of her husband. Where you there? Do you know the facts? You should no speculate on these materrs.

  3. Totally respectless Marquez brown and Katrin. At age 83 David died. Of course we want to live forever but people do die. There are a lot of people who don’t get to 83.
    My condolences to the family.

  4. Well according to her she intervened in her husband’s covid treatment because as she stated “they assumed he had covid” however this is easily debunkable as they can test for covid and she cannot administer medication/treatment as she isn’t a licensed physician at in her state(as she claimed she intervened to save his life) also if it was really malpractice we would have seen some information released about this regardless of outcome.

  5. May God bless you Judy dear 💗. I’m praying a Divine Mercy Chaplet for your dear departed Husband, he sounds like a truly remarkable and kind human being.

    (And may God have Mercy on cruel souls, they really need His help:(

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