Kenneth R. Nichols
SANFORD - Kenneth Raymond Nichols, 79, of Sanford, passed away peacefully at the River Ridge Center in Kennebunk on May 17, 2013.
Ken was born in Springvale on June 8, 1933, to Ellsworth (Doc) and Gladys (Young) Nichols, one of eleven children.
He grew up in Springvale, where he attended local schools, graduating from Sanford High School in 1953.
Following high school, Ken entered the U.S. Army
. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and the Signal Corp School in Fort Monmouth, N.J. He was stationed in Japan, where he proudly served during the Korean conflict
, receiving various medals.
Ken returned to Sanford when he left the military in 1955. In January 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Rita S. Ferland. Together, they shared 57 years of marriage and raised five children.
Ken was employed as a typesetter for the Sanford Tribune for 18 years. After leaving the Tribune, he worked for American Cyanamid for a short time. He went on to work at Sprague Electric, where he was employed for over 20 years until his retirement.
Ken was a very hard worker. He built his own home, maintained his properties in both Sanford and Florida and completed other various projects.
He enjoyed hunting, trail riding, tennis, softball and playing the piano.
Ken was an awesome grandfather to all his grandchildren, whom he loved, worked and played with. He had many friends, locally and in Barefoot Bay, Fla., whom he enjoyed joking and visiting with. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, by five brothers, Wallace, Arthur, Harold, Donald and Roger, and by a granddaughter, Trista Lynn Nichols.
Surviving are his wife, Rita Nichols, of Sanford; five children and their families, Catherine Sevigny and her husband, Mark, of Springvale, Stephen Nichols and his wife, Robin, of Epsom, N.H., Gary Nichols, of Sanford, Brenda Chaisson, of Sanford, and Alan Nichols and his companion, Sheila Patch, of Sanford; grandchildren, Dr. Christopher Sevigny, DVM, and his companion, Dr. Nicole Craft, DVM, Cody Nichols, Kelsey Wells, Meaghan Wells, Morgan Nichols, Jenna Nichols, Mikel Bower, Nicole Reza, Alden Chaisson, Jimmie Chaisson, Travis Chaisson, Corey Chaisson, Alley Nichols and Alan Nichols, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Zooey and Natalie; five sisters, Arlene Martineau, of Springvale, Marilyn Dufault, of Waterloo, N.Y., and Lois Levesque, Shirley Pelletier and Betty Drouin, all of Sanford; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 21, at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home at 580 Main Street in Springvale. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 22. Interment with military honors followed at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the
, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com