Arthur Clark Nichols II, 95, a former resident of Chillicothe, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Neb.
Art was born April 12, 1917, the son of Arthur and Amy Loveland Nichols, on their family farm in Mercer County, Mo. On April 30, 1939, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Evelyn Pearl Swenson, his wife for 64 years until her death in 2003.
A graduate of Chillicothe High School, Art attended Chillicothe Business College. During World War II, he served in the United States Air Force from 1942-45 as an aerial flight engineer. Throughout his life, Art was a well-respected businessman, employed by Minneapolis-Moline Farm Machinery and later Koehring Farm Division, and an active community leader. After returning to Chillicothe in 1989 from El Paso, Texas, Art was a member of the United Methodist Church, as well as the Sons of the American Revolution. In the fall of 2011, Art moved to Omaha, Neb. Art was known for his love of family, devotion to his faith, strong work ethic, and sharp intellect. Through dedicated research, he and Evelyn compiled a genealogy book, tracing his ancestry back to early American families.
Art is survived by his son, Doug Nichols and wife, Mary, Adel, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Maureen Nichols, Omaha, Neb.; her son, Brett Swanson and her daughter, Colleen Hoefer and husband, Brady and their children, Riley, Tobin, and Natalie; granddaughter, Morya Mathewson, husband O.J., and their children, Allie and Brock of Papillion, Neb.; granddaughter, Kate Errthum, husband Eric, and their children Gedion and Eomji of Winona, Minn.; grandson, Chris Nichols, wife Sara, and son Tucker, Perry, Iowa; and grandson, Ben Nichols, wife Amber, and son Bodhi, Redfield, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters, Venus, Helen, Pauline, Paris, and Carl; his wife, Evelyn; and his son, Craig.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo. There will be a visitation for family and friends on Thursday prior to the service at 9 a.m. at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 from 12 until 6 p.m. Burial will be held at Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House in Omaha and/or the United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home Chillicothe, Mo.