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Charles R. Nichols

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Nichols, Charles R. PHILMONT Charles R. Nichols, 82, of Philmont died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Community Hospice Inn at Saint Peter's Hospital in Albany. Born on December 22, 1930 in Philmont, he was the son of the late Dr. Charles L. and Elizabeth F. (Raymond) Nichols. He retired as vice president of the Hudson City Savings Institution following a long career which began in 1962. Charlie, also known as "Doc," served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as sergeant first class, where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a member of the Minkler-Seery Post 252 of the American Legion, the Korean War Veterans Association, and a Founding Member of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. Charlie lived all his life in Philmont and he graduated from Philmont High School in 1947 before attending Albany Academy and then Champlain College in Plattsburgh. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and was posted at Fort Jackson, S.C. with Company B of the 155th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division known as the "Natchez Rifles." He was then deployed to Korea as platoon leader with Company A of the 14th Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division called the "Golden Dragons." There he served in the Kumhwa Valley, Chorwon Valley, the Nevada Complex, and Arrowhead. He was honorably discharged and returned home in January 1954. A founding member of the Columbia Car Club, Charlie was an avid collector of antique cars and trucks. He was passionate about all history, particularly that of his hometown and published many articles covering the history for the village of Philmont. He had a lifelong interest in military history and was a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Charlie was an avid sportsman all of his life. He was a member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association of America, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. Charlie was a lifelong member of the Second Reformed Church of Claverack. He was a member of the Widow's Son Lodge No. 7 Hudson, and Order of the Eastern Star, Hendrick Hudson Chapter 814. He was a past patron (1962) of the former Ames Chapter 358 OES, and former member of the EDA Chapter 459 OES in Valatie. Charlie was the beloved husband for 62 years of Phyllis (Young) Nichols of Philmont. Devoted father of Charlie (Lisa Wattenberg) Nichols of Paso Robles, Calif., and Judge Jonathan (Kathryn Davis) Nichols of Valatie. He was "Grandpie" to six, Alyssa (Nichols) Houtby, Amanda Nichols, Ethan Nichols, and Emily Nichols, who live in California, Capt. Jason Nichols, U.S. Army, deployed in Afghanistan, and Chelsea Nichols who resides in New York. In accordance with Charlie's final wish, his body has been donated to the Albany Medical College, where his father had graduated as an M.D. Memorial donations may be made to the Philmont Reformed Church Restoration Fund, PO Box 7, Philmont, NY 12565. The Nichols family wishes to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Peter's Hospital and the Community Hospice Inn for their outstanding care for Charlie and assistance to the family during his final days; they are a remarkable group of people.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 10, 2013
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