Nicholas Nichols, 81

Published 11:08pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nicholas Nichols, 81
Born: March 18, 1931
Died: Oct. 3, 2012

Nicholas B. Nichols, 81, of Bond Street in Niles, died at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at home, after an extended illness.

He was born March 18, 1931, in Tyronza, Ark., to Burley and Ruby (Brinkley) Nichols.

He was raised in Arkansas, and was known to family and friends as “Buck.” Nick was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. He lived in Niles for 60 years and was employed by Clark Equipment in Buchanan for 29 years prior to retirement.

Nick was a member of the American Legion Post 26 in Niles. He was a winter resident of Stuart, Fla., and enjoyed fishing and walking the neighborhoods in both Michigan and Florida.

On July 10, 1954, in South Bend, he married the former Dorothy Konrath, with whom he celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary to her death Sept. 10, 1995.

Surviving family includes their sons, Richard Nichols and Steven (and Susan Hurst) Nichols, both of South Bend; and Nick’s brothers and sisters, Jack Nichols of Ocala, Fla., Sally Skelton and Barbara Grover of Little Rock, Ark., Ted Nichols of Tyronza, Merle Adams of Little Rock, Marilyn Yarborough of Pea Ridge, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Nicholas B. Nichols will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Cathi Huvaere of Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles officiating.

Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles and will conclude with full military honors by American Legion Post 26.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Nick may be made to Hospice at Home or American Legion Post 26.

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