He was born in Brazil Oct. 11, 1937, to Sherman and Ruby (Belk) Nichols.
He attended Brazil High School and later received his GED. Following high school, he served his country in the United States Army, serving in Panama for several years. He served as a cook and was honorably discharged as a Corporal.
Mr. Nichols married Elizabeth "Caroline" Cooper April 19, 1985.
He worked at Anaconda for many years and at the Forest Park Golf Course in maintenance for 25 years until retiring.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents Sherman and Iona Nichols and Ruby and Forest Campbell, sister Damita Lyons and brother-in-law Jim Bussing.
Survivors include his wife Caroline, sons Nick Nichols and wife Kandi, Kansas, and Brian Nichols and wife Stephanie, Tennessee, step-children Darlene Collins and husband Mark, Florida, Sidney and Ruthann Grayless, Terre Haute, and Melissa Tilley and husband Randy, Brazil, and Darrell Grayless and wife Leslie, Brazil, grandchildren Tori Nichols, Brook Milton, Hannah Milton, Nick Alexander, Dustin Alexander, Dylan Grayless, Peyton Grayless, Danny Grayless and Michelle Grayless, three great-grandchildren, siblings Carol Bussing, Angie Parkins and husband Jerry, Nikki Yocom and husband Joe, Janet Riddell and husband George, Marion Nichols and wife Paula, and Cindy Evans and husband Larry, brothers-in-law Kenneth Lyons, Dale Cooper and wife Sharon, and Commodore Cooper, sisters-in-law Annis Shaugnessy, Rose Pell, Edna Fagan, special friends Rodney Kyle, Russell Frazier and Tom Heckle, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
At his request, cremation services will be provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. French Funeral Home was entrusted with his care.
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