Nikahlas Dean-Thomas Fischer


Nikahlas Dean-Thomas Fischer, 16, of Columbus quietly slipped from this life to join loved ones on the other side at 1:17 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at his home.

He was always happy, content and full of smiles. He loved the voices of family and friends in his ear; feeling the vibrations of music; watching anything that lit up, was bright, shiny or fast moving; spinning in circles in his wheelchair; taking rides in his van and on trains; and swimming. Nikahlas has touched the lives of each and every person he has met, and even those he has not. He has taught us to cherish the little things, to love beyond all measure and to never give up. He has inspired us all to be the very best version of ourselves.

Nikahlas gained his wings due to complications from congenital cytomegalovirus, polymicrogyria and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. For  information on these diagnoses, visit:, and

Survivors include his mom and stepdad, Nichristin Fischer and Darrell Guesman of Columbus; his dad and stepmom, Denver and Erika Cole Barger of Seymour; his devoted grandmother, Pam Shinolt Fischer “aka Mimi” of Columbus; and sister, Kaylee Barger of Elizabethtown.

“The Inspirational Life of Nikahlas” will be shared at 3 p.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home with Tim Walton and Randy Shinolt officiating.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the National Cytomegalovirus Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.

Condolences and special memories may be shared with Nikahlas’ family at