Raymond Nichols Obituary

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Raymond Charles Nichols

October 10, 1919 - June 19, 2014
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Raymond Charles Nichols died at home in Alexandria, Virginia on June 19, 2014. He was born on October 10, 1919 in North Java, New York to Arthur and Marjorie (Parmerter) Nichols and graduated from Arcade High School. He was inducted into the Army in August 1941 and served in the Service Company, 749th Tank Battalion in the European Theater. The 749th landed on Utah Beach on 28 June 1944 and was engaged in 194 consecutive days of combat during the Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He was discharged in September 1945. Raymond married Therese Kibler of Java Center, NY in 1948 and attended Cornell...
Raymond Charles Nichols died at home in Alexandria, Virginia on June 19, 2014. He was born on October 10, 1919 in North Java, New York to Arthur and Marjorie (Parmerter) Nichols and graduated from Arcade High School. He was inducted into the Army in August 1941 and served in the Service Company, 749th Tank Battalion in the European Theater. The 749th landed on Utah Beach on 28 June 1944 and was engaged in 194 consecutive days of combat during the Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He was discharged in September 1945. Raymond married Therese Kibler of Java Center, NY in 1948 and attended Cornell University through the GI Bill graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He accepted a position of Assistant County Agricultural Agent in Steuben County, NY and 3 years later moved to Wayne County, NY as Associate Agent, Agent and then Extension Director. In 1965-66, he and his family moved to California where he earned a Masters of Education degree at the University of California, Davis. He was a member of the NY State Association of Agriculture Agents for 26 years, served as President in 1975 and was awarded the National Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1976. He retired from the Cooperative Extension Association in 1977. Raymond served in the Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department as Director, Treasurer, and President, was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, the Lions Club, and Rotary Club and served as mayor of the Village of Wolcott from 1980-83. Raymond and his family lived in Wolcott for 29 years. He and his wife, Therese, moved to Orlando, FL and resided there for 25 years and in Alexandria, Virginia for the last 3 years.

Raymond had many interests and was a voracious reader. He never stopped learning and listening. He loved the outdoors and appreciated the natural beauty and richness of the USA. He loved his job as County Agriculture Agent. Raymond spent his vacations with his family camping and exploring. He was a proud American and flew the flag daily at his front door and in his heart. He was active in his community and willing to serve. Raymond grew up on a farm and totally enjoyed gardening and horticulture. He always loved a new car and driving fast on back roads. He enjoyed remodeling and fixing up 4 houses. Raymond had strong opinions and shared them. He loved and nurtured his wife and children and loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was firm, but would listen. He enjoyed jokes, crossword puzzles, jeopardy, and poker. His Catholic faith was important to him. Raymond was a strong person and faced his terminal illness with courage, dignity and strength.


His beloved wife, Therese, predeceased him by 8 months. He is survived by his daughter, Marjorie Morris and husband John, and grand-children, Jennie and Andrew; his son, Michael Nichols and wife Jaci, and grand-children, Chris (Jenn) Roberts, Crystal (Brad) Clearwater, Patrick (Jessica) Nichols, Shannon (John) O'Dell; and five great-grandchildren: Alex and Ryan Roberts, and Blayke, Patrick, and Madalynn Clearwater; his son Patrick Nichols, and grand-sons, Zachary and Jacob; and his daughter, Catherine Goodsell and husband Craig and grand-daughter, Hazel; and his sisters: Laura Weinreber and Viola Ruth Hutchison.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA on August 22 at 10:30am. Interment for both Raymond and Therese Nichols will be at Quantico National Cemetery at 2pm that afternoon. Memorials may be sent to Capital Caring Hospice, 5568 General Washington Drive, Suite A215, Alexandria, VA 22312 , Attn: Patient Care Fund.

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