Phil Nikel

Profile Updated: October 3, 2020
Residing In: New Braunfels, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Barbara Ann
Occupation: Close as I can get to retired, Oil, Gas & Mining Landman
Children: Kelly 1977 2 sons, Petroleum Engr. Formerly Cairo, Egypt. Current Trinidad-Tobago & Steamboat Springs, More…CO, boys play Rugby and baseball
Lisa 1979, Marketing, Husband Leighton - Oil & Gas Operations, 2 sons, La Vernia, TX
Oldest grandson Freshman at TA&M, Engineering.
Military Service: Army Reserve and Tx Nat'l Guard  

Time, there is never enough until its too late.

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Mar 31, 2021 at 11:43 AM

  I've enjoyed being around and with Sam these past several years in New Braunfels.  He was always there to lend a helping hand or a few hrs "just visiting an relaxing" or working on a "project".
  He will certainly be missed by many.

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Oct 05, 2020 at 9:19 PM

  David and his wife Ellen were just a pleasure to be around.  I became reacquainted with David after shooting with his son Randy for a few years.  Fortunately they shot The Grand American Trap Shoot together in Sparta, Illinois last year.  David was always a helpful guy and I was fortunate to have been around him a bit. Recently David ran the Trainer Hale Shooting Supply Store at National Shooting Complex during the World Skeet Championships, and I really enjoyed out conversations last week.  After closing their store on Fri afternoon, David and his wife were out for dinner with friends, and in good spirits.  After dinner he sat in "his chair" and Ellen discovered he had passed later that evening.

  David was very helpful, well respected and highly thought of.  He will be missed in the Shooting Community.




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Oct 19, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Jack, was “old Hot Wells”, his father grew up and went thru High School there with mine.  We went there from 1st thru 9th, then Highlands.  They had the Army Surplus Stores on the South Side.  I mostly remember Jack as being very much a detail perfectionist.  His drafting in Jr Hi, model cars and probably in band.

     We worked at Texas Oil & Gas, at different times.  Oil Companies are like families, might leave - but always remain close.  He was District Mgr in Houston and probably a detail perfectionist.  His District Engineer built a house across the street from me and Exploration Magr built one behind mine in Portland, when they were moved to Corpus District.   They were both solid in the Corpus office - what better tribute to their previous Manager.

     Rest easy Jack, the works done.   






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Oct 18, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Jack’s Obit is up, in Victoria Advocate 

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Posted on: May 14, 2015 at 5:17 AM

We'll be at Greater Houston Gun Club again May 21-25. On McHard Rd near S Post Oak. Would appreciate a break from rains if you have a contact. Come by if you like, lot of improvements last couple years - more planned.

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Posted on: Aug 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Saw your comments on Jack Coffman's update. It's been a long time. Dave and I would like to see you if you make it to the reunion.

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Aug 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Hey Jack, Shiner is a good place, hot right now though. Any thing I get done outside is before 1:00 these days (better to finish earlier). A son in law is Company Man, completions, works up there often enough. Our place is at Runge, but spend as much time as possible at the hide out in New Braunfels. Home is still on Portland but it's to hot to fish and work stares me in the face to much there.

Shiner, like Maeker's Sausage, Fridays Chicken. They had a steak house on corner downtown (old dept store?). Is it open again? Have not cared much about stoping at brewery since Old Mr Herbert Sims had to leave (health), he knew a lot of our people thru the area from when he had the gas station.

Get down to New Braunfels call. Sammy Burnett is here and good to have a beer with. He had folks in your area also. Uhhh, don't forget the poppy seed kolache's!

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Nov 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Posted on: Jun 09, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I'll be, your still alive. Gary Allison will be happy to hear same, he's around Boerne for a while now - we are in touch often.

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Oct 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Posted on: May 23, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Been a long time. Have not heard of you since your "Bentsen" deal I picked up in Cameron Co. Like I said long ago.
But "Retired" things are to large to be out of the business. I saw Texas is now No 2 oil producer in the World behind Saudi Arabia only (not that much either). Get back in and get some - Minahan is long dead, Ha! But then Texas Oil & Gas is long gone also. I have done a couple things with Louis Bechreal thru his son in Dallas now though.
I had thought of you as a Geoligist, didn't know you were Geo Engr. My younger daughter cycled thru Geo Engr coming out of Geophysical Engr while heading to Pet E. (party girl of the school).
Did you stay in the business or move into another area?
By the way your old neighborhood in Portland is doing well, but you wouldn't know it anymore. We have a Wal-Mart and Academy now. When I moved there, only one flashing red light and 4-way stop at 181. Now we even have rush hour traffic.

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May 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Posted on: May 23, 2014 at 3:01 AM

I was checking to see who I could recall after 50 yrs, notice your around Webster. We really like getting into Pappas Seafood House at Webster and we are at Greater Houston Gun Club (Pearland) thru Monday. Think you could direct me on a "less traveled" route? Can not use I-45 on Holiday weekend, I have a tendency to get "lost" around the big mall, using Broadway from 288. As you were always a fast guy - thought you might have a quicker route. Ha

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May 23, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Posted on: May 23, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Europe, if you enjoy smaller villages you might consider Chamonix, France Area. We stayed at a chalet near there, out of La Houches - base of Mont Blanc in the Alps. The locals are great and it's easy to get there from Geneva. Pick up a little French before going, a lot of people have some English, but won't use it if you don't try in French first. The wine, cheese, cured pork and breads are out of sight. Of course it's the Alps so fondu' is on most menus.

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