Donald Lee “Nick” Nichols, 89, Warsaw, passed away at 4:10 a.m.   July 18, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
He was born June 8, 1925, in Warsaw, to Charles Ernest and Alice Cedola Mackey Nichols. On Nov. 27, 1949, in Warsaw, he was united in marriage to Sally Ann McConnell, who survives in Warsaw.
He was a lifetime resident of Warsaw. He was a 1943 graduate of Warsaw High School. He received the Gold Football Award as MVP in 1942 and was All-State in track and field in 1943. He served in the US Army during World War II in the 10th Armored Division, 21st Tank Battalion as a machine gunner, from 1943 to 1946 in Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, obtaining the rake of staff sergeant. He was in the U. S. Army Reserve from 1950 to 1969, obtaining the rank of master sergeant.
He was owner of Nick and Joes T.V. Sales and Service in Warsaw from 1949 to 1987. He attended the United Methodist Church, Warsaw. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 49 where he served as past commander and Honor Guard member. He was a recipient of The Order of Kosciusko in 2010 for significant contribution to his country, community and veteran’s service organizations. Other memberships include the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1126 and 40 & 8, all of Warsaw. He was a longtime blood donor with the American Red Cross.
Also surviving are two daughters, Karen Nye, LaPorte, and Lynne Christiansen, Warsaw; a son, Stephen Nichols, Warsaw; two grandchildren, Brett (and spouse Courtney) McDonald, Indianapolis, and Nathan Nye, South Bend; and two great-grandchildren, Mekare and Marik Nye. He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Toni Carmer and Ken Locke officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, with Military Honors rendered by American Legion Post 49, VFW Post 1126 and the Indiana ARNG.
Calling will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
The family is requesting that the memorial contributions be made to one or all of them, American Red Cross, 302 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN 46580; American Legion Post #49, 301 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN, 46580; and the charity of One’s Choice.
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