Mass of Christian Burial for Leon M. Nichols, age 91, of O'Neill, formerly of Page, will be 3:00 P.M., Friday, April 19, 2013, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill. Visitation will begin at 1:30 P.M., Friday, at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill. Burial will be in the O'Neill Cemetery with military rites by the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93, O'Neill V.F.W
. Post 926, and escorted by the American Legion Riders. He passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home in O'Neill. Memorials may be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, or O'Neill Aseracare Hospice. He is survived by his daughter, Sharyn Troester and husband Dave, of O'Neill, NE, 2 Grandchildren; Denise Litz and husband Bob, of O'Neill, NE, and Aaron Troester and wife Jennifer, of O'Neill, NE, 4 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Sister in Law, Lavern Nichols, of Orland Park, IL. Leon was born on April 25, 1921, in Chicago, IL, to John F. and Catherine (Stachacz) Nichols. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from St. Augustine Catholic School. On January 6, 1944, he married Hazel Gusnard at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO. Leon served in the U.S. Navy
aboard the USS Pasadena. During his service in the Navy, he was sent to Texas A&M University
, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Leon and his brother owned and operated Badger Murphy in Chicago. He also worked at Economics Laboratories in Joliet, IL. After retirement, he joined his family in Nebraska. Leon was a member of the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93, O'Neill V.F.W. Post #926, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus Council #701. He is preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, his mother and father, his step mother, Julia Nichols and Brother John Nichols. Fr. James Netusil will officiate.