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  • Nick Ghnouly

    Posted by elissa mondschein on Apr 7, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    July 2, 1922- January 18, 2007.

    Nick passed away peacefully in Orange County, California, where he lived since 1996. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne; his son, Nicholes; his granddaughter, Anna; his nephew, Mike Ghnouly, and family.

    Nick was the youngest of five brothers, Bill, Van, John and Joe.

    Nick graduated from McKinley High School. He then entered the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he won the Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing championship in 1943.

    Nick married Sylvia Looby who predeceased him in 2003. He graduated from Central Methodist College (CMC) in Fayette, Missouri, in 1951, with a BS degree in physical education.

    Nick lettered all four years in baseball and football. As an offensive center and defensive linebacker for the CMC Eagles, Nick was captain and co-captain of his team and was selected All Conference and All State each of the four seasons he played football. For his outstanding athletic accomplishments at CMC, Nick was inducted into the CMC Hairston Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

    After college, Nick played semi-pro football for the St. Louis Knights and was later offered a contract to play professional football for the Detroit Lions.

    Nick worked in the insurance and automobile business while at the same time coached little league football for 14 years and lead many teams to the State Championship. Nick viewed the 1960s and 1970s as some of the best years of his life and he often reminisced about the many fine boys he had the pleasure of coaching. Nick’s coaching motto was “What you do in practice, you do in the ball game!”

    While in his 70s and 80s, Nick worked out in the gym daily and received several Gold Medals in the Senior Olympics competition held in Irvine, California.Services:

    Private service will be held. Interment will be at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. Donations can be made to the Irvine Adult Day Health Services, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA. 92604, in “Nick Ghnouly’s” memory.

    Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, 2007.

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