Mr. Nichols was born Nov. 27, 1929, in David City, Neb., the son of Floyd F. and Stella V. (Staroscik) Nichols. He graduated from David City High School in 1949; he went on to serve in the United States Navy. He was honorably dischared and returned home when his father became very ill.
Jack married Rita Heninger June 24, 1951, in David City. He began working at Walling Motors in David City and was a member of the David City Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Jack started working for the Butler County Rural Public Power District in 1953, he transferred to Stanton in 1965.
In 1968 he accepted a position as systems control operator with Northwest Iowa Public Power District in Le Mars, and continued to work there until his retirement in 1994. Jack retired on his 65th birthday on Nov. 27, 1994, after 41 years in the power industry.
Rita and Jack retired to Mountain Home, Ark.
Jack was an avid ham radio operator and was a volunteer with the Baxter County Civil Defense. He enjoyed the local gun range as well as fishing. He received his pilot's license at age 16 and continued flying for many years. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home.
Survivors include his son David (Lola) Nichols of Houston, Texas; daughter Diane (Michael) Butler of Kenner, La.; a special friend, Rosemary Kirk of Mountain Home, Ark.; sisters Norma (Don) Woosley of Seward, Neb., Ruth Nichols of David City, Neb., Virginia (Richard) Rerucha of David City, Neb.; grandchildren Barry (Jenni) Nichols of Norfolk, Neb., and Cory (Andrea) McNamara of Ft. Worth, Texas; as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his parents; a sister Ilene Boettcher and a grandson, Adam McNamara.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in David City with the Rev. David Palomaki officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the David City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Memorials have been suggested to the family.
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