WILLIAM A. 'BILL' NICHOLAS, 89 ROCKFORD - William A. "Bill" Nicholas, 89, of Rockford, died Monday, April 15, 2013, with his family by his side. Born March 25, 1924, in Rockford; the son of William J. and Ruby E. (McEachran) Nicholas. Graduated from West High School in 1942 and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. He married Lois M. Johnson, the love of his life, Jan. 15, 1949. Bill's love and devotion to Lois for over 64 years was most precious to him and especially evident to all who knew them. He was an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford and Church of Nativity in Huntsville, Ala. for many years. Bill worked for Barber Colman for 25 years, with his last assignment as Plant Manager in Huntsville, Ala. After retiring from Abbar-Ipsen, with over 17 years of service, he worked part-time at Clock Tower Inn and Riverside Bank. Bill was a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Cherry Valley. He was also a member of the Tebala Shrine Center and the Valley of Freeport Scottish Rite, and sang with Svea Soner Chorus. Bill cherished special family time of which he received great enjoyment, along with fellowship with close friends in his poker club and Lois's coffee party. He will be remembered as a man of character and principle, a wonderful husband and caregiver, a loyal and generous provider to his family, and an exceptional role model to his children and grandchildren, stressing the importance of education and great work ethic. We will be forever inspired by his steadfast Christian faith and love of family. He had the greatest respect for and honored his brothers, Dan (Ruth) and Ab (Nancy) Nicholas. Those who continue to share his memories are his wife, Lois; sons, John of Rockford, Bradley (Kay) of Ozark, Ala. and their children, Will and Kathryn, Mark of Westmont, Ill. and his children, Andrew and Allyson, and Dan of San Diego, Calif. Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103, with Rev. Pamela Hillenbrand officiating. Memorial donations in Bill Nicholas' memory would be welcomed to Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107; or Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2013