Lowell Eugene Nichols, Sr.

Born: Wed., Jun. 18, 1930
Died: Fri., Jul. 27, 2018


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Mr. Lowell Eugene Nichols Sr., 88 of Indianapolis, passed away in the early morning of Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. He was born June 18, 1930 in Mishawaka, IN a son of the late Willis L. and Ilia I. (Donnal) Nichols.

Lowell attended schools in Mishawaka and was a 1948 graduate of Mishawaka High School. He earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1945. While in high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football as well as running cross country and track, earning 11 letters.

In November of 1948, Lowell enlisted in the United States Navy and went to boot camp at Great Lakes, IL where he attended Fire Control Class A, Fire Control Technical and Rangefinder Schools. While at Great Lakes, he played basketball and softball and competed in the All-Navy Championship Games in both sports. As a pitcher, he won four straight games to win the championship in 1949.

While stationed at Great Lakes, he met and married Betty Louise Fisher and they became the parents of seven children, four girls and three boys.

He was transferred to San Diego, CA to serve aboard the USS Ajax, a repair ship and a Flag Ship for ComServRon I. Lowell continued to play basketball and was a player/coach for ConServRon I and this team won the All-Navy Basketball Championship in 1950. Lowell served his country on four ships, the USS Ajax, USS Jason, USS Dixie and the USS Valley Forge. While aboard the USS Valley Forge during the Korean Conflict, he was sent to Japan. With his experience in rangefinding, he was assigned to a Marine Division where he was an artillery spotter for the 2nd Marine Division at the landing at Ichnon, Korea. During this maneuver, Lowell was injured and was returned to Balboa Hospital in San Diego where he worked as an investigator for the Legal Officer while he recuperated and rehabilitated. Lowell received his medical retirement from the Navy on July 1, 1951.

Lowell moved his family back to Mishawaka then on to Washington, DC and West Edmonton, NY before moving back to Indiana where he worked as a factory representative for Corn products and Allied Mills, distributors of animal feeds and related products. He also had worked as a manager for Orr Safety Equipment and after that had owned and operated The Floor Shoppe before retiring from Stout’s RV Sales in 1999 after 15 years of service.

Lowell loved his children and encouraged them to participate in camping, Boy Scouts, Little League, swimming as well as other sports and outdoor activities. His personal hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing banjo and mandolin and geneology. He enjoyed working with hunting dogs and had had the same line of breeding in his English Pointers for over 45 years.

In 1970, Lowell married JoAn Nichols. She had four daughters by a previous marriage. The couple purchased an RV and spent many weekends with their blended family at lakes in and around Indiana as well as Monroe, Cagill Mills and the Dunes Sate Parks. The days usually began with fishing followed by swimming and water skiing. Lowell was active with his sons in the Edgewood Little League and served as either a coach or manager from 1963 to 1973. He was very proud and supportive of his daughters who excelled in swimming at Southport High School.

Lowell was very active in the Sons of the American Revolution and wore many hats and held several offices at the chapter, state and national levels. He served in the Color Guard for several years and was the first to be awarded the NSSAR Gold Color Guard Medal. From time to time, he took and active part in the Boy Scouts and ended that activity in 2011 as a Unit Commander when his health began to fail.

Lowell is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, JoAn Nichols; his children, Kristina (John) Beavers, Kathryn (Robert) Clark, Lowell (Susan) Nichols, Jr., Barbara (William) Schwenzer, Frederick (Peggy) Nichols and Laura (Brian) Archer; his stepchildren, Jeannette (Frank) Pagano, Sally Landers, Gay (Edward) Davis and Paulette Tanksley; 29 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and his siblings, Leonard (Carol) Nichols, Linda Nichols and Leola Nichols as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; his son, Craig Nichols and brother and sister, Larry Nichols and Carolyn Nichols.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at One Christian Church, 2901 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis with SAR Chaplain, Pastor Jeff Stratton officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until time of the service. A contingent from the United States Navy will render military honors as well as an Honor Guard provided by the Sons of the American Revolution. Inurnment will follow to Acton Cemetery at a later date.
For those choosing to make a memorial contribution, the family has suggested they be offered to One Christian Church, The Wounded Warriors Project or The Boy Scouts of America with envelopes available at the church.

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Kim Fallona
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
Hi Gene
So sorry to hear about your dad. I hope you and your family can always remember the good times. I sure do remember your stories about your dad when we worked together. He was lucky to have a wonderful son like you. Condolences to your entire family.

Leonard O Nichols
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
My older brother Lowell and I spent a great deal of time together hunting and fishing. Our brother Larry lived in Rhode Island where he spent a great deal of time fishing with his family on the Hoosier. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy being with both brothers enjoying the water and fishing. I will greatly miss Lowell as much as I miss our brother, Larry. One day, we will all be reunited and go fishing again.
With deepest sympathy,
Leonard

Carol Nichols
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
I will truly miss Lowell's laughter and sense of humor. He was always a gentleman who never had a harsh word of others. When I would call him on the phone, I would always tell him "This is your favorite sister-in-law." He would laugh for he was always happy to hear from me.
I know it will be hard for all of you with the passing of Lowell, especially JoAn.
Know that I feel your pain and send my condolences to the entire family.
Love to all,
Lowell's favorite sister-in-law Carol

Christine Kroll
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
JoAn,
You are in my prayers, may the Lord be with you and give you peace of mind and heart.
Yours,
Christine

Pat Hiatt
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
Dear Jo Ann
I'm so sorry John And I cannot attend for health reasons but know that we send our love and prayers to you and your family

Pat and John Hiatt (DAR)

Barbara McGonigal
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. You have my heartfelt sympathies and I know he leaves a big hole in many lives and organizations which will affect the hearts of many.

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