Niko El Fundi, 82, of Duluth, MN, passed away on December 22, 2021.
Niko was born March 20, 1939 in Hampton, Virginia to Clifton Leon Boykin and Alice Hundley. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, confidant and friend to many. In 1956 at age 17, he joined the United States Army and was a proud Veteran who recently retired from the Veterans Hospital in Superior WI. Niko was a graphite artist with photographic accuracy whose artwork is patented in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He had much pride in the collection he drew over the years. He was a builder, business owner, a community activist, mentor, and law student who helped many people win their cases. He was educated in horticulture and landscaping, painting and welding. Niko was always dressed to impress with his wardrobe of clean suits, dress shoes and fly hats. Niko enjoyed traveling, nice cars, sports, watching cowboy movies, listening to Al Green, and getting together with family and cooking his famous breakfast. Niko committed his life to Christ Jesus and loved the Lord.
Niko El Fundi was preceded in death by his father, Clifton Leon Boykin; mother, Alice Hundley; sons, Clifton M. “Chop” Boykin, Darrel D. Boykin, Anthony E. Boykin, James C. Powe, and Johnny B. Powe; daughter, Bridgitte B. Wilkins-Boykin; former spouse, Peggy Golden; step-brothers, Luther Bruner Jr., and Donald Bruner.
Niko was survived by his beautiful wife, Lela El Fundi, until she joined him in rest 14 days later.
Niko is survived by his sons, Leon R Boykin, Darrius L. Boykin, and Sadiki El Fundi; daughters, Darlene Green and Natina Wiliingham; sister, Jacqueline Mc Donald; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and family.
Joint Visitation for Niko and Lela to be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, Jan. 19th at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, with Funeral Service to follow at Noon. Interment will be in Sunrise Memorial Park.