Nicklaus Robert "Bob" Thompson Nicklaus, 85, passed away early Tuesday, August 26, 2014 of natural causes at his home in Bothell, Washington, with Nellie, his wife of 63 years, by his side. He lived a long and happy life and will be remembered for his loving and generous nature, his wisdom, patience, strength, and good humor. He was born October 8, 1928 to Louis Charles and Arkie Belle (Thompson) Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio, and is predeceased by his parents, sister Jesse, brothers Frank and Charlie, and his sister Dorothy (Duckworth). He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1949 and married Nellie Eula Howard on January 27, 1952. Bob served as first lieutenant of the United States Army in Dachau, Germany. In 1953, he opened Nicklaus Prescription Center in Worthington, Ohio, where he worked as a pharmacist for 30 years. He was a longtime member of Worthington Presbyterian Church. Above all, Bob was a devoted husband and the father of three daughters, Linda (Riek) of Fulton, Missouri, Kathy (Elliott) of Lakeland, Florida and Carolyn (Gleason) of Woodinville, Washington. Bob's interests included raising and showing American Saddlebred horses, waterskiing, growing prize-winning roses, and holding Nellie's hand. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Jaclyn, Jamie, Jessica, Joey, Bobby, and Brendan; and five great-grandchildren, Sarah, Maya, Isaiah, Jayse, and Ruger. At his request, no memorial service will be held. Well-wishers may post their memories to dispatch.com/obituaries
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 31, 2014