Rev. Robert Nichols

Rev. Robert “Bob” Nichols, 83, of Baxter Springs, Kan., formally of Picher, died Friday, September 11, 2009, at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born Jan. 4, 1926, to Charles and Georgina (Stout) Nichols in Picher and except for a few short years of traveling had lived in Picher all his life.

He was a graduate of the Picher High School class of 1943, attended Miami Business College. He served in the United States Navy during WWII two years in the South Pacific Islands and one year at Bethesda Hospital. He married Maxine Stanley Feb. 2, 1945, in Picher.

He served as minister for the Church of The Nazarene in Picher for several years, retired as director of purchasing for Eagle Picher, was a member of the Lions Club where he received a 50-year plus pin, served on the Picher School Board for 14 years, was a life time member of the American Legion and a member of the Ottawa County Reclamation Authority.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Jack and Charles Nichols and a sister Helen Butler.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Nichols, of the home; one son, Darrell and his wife, Debbie Nichols, of Joplin, Mo.; one daughter, Merle Ann and her husband, Frank Womack of Baxter Springs, Kan.; one brother, Earl Nichols of San Angelo, Texas; four grandchildren -    Nathan Nichols, Robert Womack, Melanie Bingham and Paige Crowe

Services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel in Miami, with the Rev Dustin Ledford officiating and assisted by Rev. Claudie Craig.  Interment followed at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami