Paul V. "Pete" Nicholson

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO Former Montana resident Paul V. "Pete" Nicholson, 84, died of natural causes Sunday, Dec. 9, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake City Community Church. Yates Funeral Home of Coeur d'Alene handled arrangements.

Pete was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Birchtree, Mo., the son of John and Jessie (Hannah) Nicholson.

He grew up in Birchtree and graduated from Birchtree High School in 1946, helping his dad on the family farm in Missouri. He hauled lumber to Missouri and in 1948, went to Arkansas to work on the Rice Elevators, pouring concrete during construction. In 1949, he moved to Chinook and worked on the Frank Overcast Farm.

Pete entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 4, 1951, and was stationed at Wackernheim, Germany until his discharge Dec. 29, 1952.

He returned to Montana to work on the farm with his parents. He rented the Monti Egbert place and farmed there until 1959. He married Darlene Green on Nov. 29, 1958. He started to work for Montana Highway Department in Harlem and lived in Harlem until 1968. Pete moved to Havre to continue working for the highway department until he retired May 31, 1989.

He continued to work on his daughter's farm north of Havre after his retirement until 1991, spending winters in Winterhaven, Calif., and moving to Huntley and Billings before moving to Coeur d' Alene in 2010.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; children Marlene (Sonny) Holburka, James (Kathy) Nicholson and Joyce (Barry) Dexter; and his grandchildren, Kara (Alex) Verploegen, Bryla Jones, Kallie Dexter, Max Nicholson and Kyle (Amy) Dexter.

Memorials may be made to the Lake City Community Food Bank, The Hayden Senior Center or Hospice of North Idaho.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 12, 2012