Ira Nickle

LEXINGTON - Memorial service for Ira Calvin Nickle Jr., 86, will be held 5 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, officiated by District Elder Steven Cottrell.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Nickle passed away Thursday, November 16, 2012. Born in Butterfield, MO, he was a son of the late Ira Calvin Nickle Sr., and Grace Brown Nickle. He was a member of the New Apostolic Church. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean Con-flict and retired after 24 years of service with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Nickle was a graduate of Park University, and was a member of Masonic Lodge 371 in Columbia. Mr. Nickle spoke fluent German, was an avid reader and genealogist who was authoring a book on the history of the Nickle family.

Surviving is his loving wife of 55 years, Ursula Petzold of Lexington; sons, Wolfgang Nickel (Elke), Daniel F. T. Nickle and Oliver T.S. Nickle (Melanie) all of Lexington; daughter, Cindy Ann Nickle Runyan of Gastonia, NC; brother, Patrick Nickle (Norma) of Independence, MO; grandchildren, Hillary M. Nickle, Angela W. Runyan, Alexander G. Runyan, Logan N. Runyan, Claire E. Nickle and Spencer M. Nickle. Mr. Nickle was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Nickle.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Family and friends may sign the on-line guest book at

Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 17, 2012