Joseph Donald Nichols, 56, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was born, Friday, March 1, 1957, in Chillicothe, Mo., the son of Lowell and Patricia (DeLorme) Nichols. He died 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. He was a 1975 Chillicothe High School Graduate. Joe owned and operated the J.D. Nichols HVAC Company in the Lee’s Summit/Kansas City Area. He loved boating, cooking, and was an avid Fox News viewer. He was preceded in death by his parents. Joe is survived by one son, Bryce (and Lexie) Nichols of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Brooklin (and Zack) Zimmerman of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Ronnie Nichols of Greenwood, Mo.; four sisters, Debbie Rawlins, Penny Nichols, Kim (and Kirk) Nielsen, and Rachel Nichols, all of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Marianne (and Brandon) Myers of Perth, Australia; five grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Cremation has been accorded. A memorial mass will be held at noon, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at St. Marks Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit, Rd., Independence, MO, 64055, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time. Father James Taranto will officiate. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 (816) 540-5550.