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Dennis Nichols

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Dennis Nichols, 80, died peacefully in his sleep on January 8, 2014. He was born to Earl and Clara (Locke) Nichols on July 11, 1933 in Madill, Oklahoma. When he was a young boy, his parents joined family members working for the WWII effort in California. After the war they returned to Oklahoma. Dennis graduated high school in Tishomingo then attended Murray State College, joined ROTC at Oklahoma A&M and graduated as a Lieutenant in the United State Air Force. He married Shirley Jean Harbert in 1955. During his military career, Dennis and Shirley moved to several locations in the United States and, in 1959, to Japan. After he left the USAF, Dennis worked for Univac in the emerging computer industry. He lived in Boerne, Texas from 1968-1979 and settled in San Antonio in 1982.
Dennis and Shirley raised their children in Boerne, where he was Scoutmaster of Troop 102 in the 1970s. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping six boys achieve Eagle Scout in 1973. Dennis was a 32nd degree Master Mason, continuing a family tradition of Freemasonry. He was a lifetime member of the Tishomingo Masonic Lodge #91 and a member of the Kendall County Masonic Lodge #897 where he would have received his 55-year pin in 2014. Dennis was also a member of the Alzafar Shrine. Dennis and Shirley, avid square dancers, belonged to The Boerne Bunch for ten years.
Dennis was a talented woodworker and enjoyed making toys for his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends. His rocking horses were infamous within the family. He loved music, dancing and attending grandchildren's sporting events. He and Shirley drove across Texas, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky to see their grandchildren play at various sport venues.
Dennis was preceded in death by Shirley, his parents, his brother, Charles Nichols, and his son-in-law, Thomas B. Stanley, Sr. He is survived by his children Susan Nichols Stanley, Lee Nichols, and Kathy Nichols, 9 grandchildren and their spouses, Laurie Byno, Daniel and Sarah (Rohrer) Nichols, Christopher and Morgan (Applegate) Rankin, William and Tiffany (Clemens) Nichols, Trey and Krystal (Theilen) Atwater, David Theilen, Thomas B. Stanley, Jr., Nicholas Theilen, and Dennis N. and Rachel (Corbin) Stanley, 3 great-grand daughters, Mackenzee Nichols, Braelyn and Brynley Byno, two great-grandsons, Nathan Nichols and Carter Rankin, his brother, Kenneth Nichols and his foster sister, Adeline (Erwin) Tribble, Shirley (Tribble) Nichols, his sisters and brothers in law, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest, with services and burial in Tishomingo, Oklahoma on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Clarks Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Dennis requested donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Tishomingo Masonic Lodge #91, Tishomingo, OK or the Kendall County Masonic Lodge #897, Boerne, TX.
Published in Express-News on Jan. 15, 2014
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