Russell H. Nicely

BELLEFONTAINE - Russell H. Nicely, 86, of Lakeview, Ohio passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 6, 1931, a son of the late George A. and Lillian R. (Smith) Nicely. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Carol Jeanne Balsamo.

On June 17, 1960 in Dayton, Ohio, he married the former Janet M. Mikesell and she survives in Lakeview. Also surviving is a son, Stephen A. (Cathy) Nicely of Lakeview and nieces, Cheri (Mike) Beecroft, Linda Balsamo and Jan (Bill) Young.

Russell was a 1949 graduate of Stivers High School in Dayton and he graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education. He was a school teacher at Stivers High School and that is where he met his wife. He was a Senior Class Advisor and was inducted into the Stivers Hall of Fame in 2016. Russell loved to cook, garden, read and do crossword puzzles and belonged to Eagles #3615 and Moose Lodge, both at Indian Lake. He loved his family and extended family and had lived at Indian Lake and spent his winters in Englewood, Florida.

Per Mr. Nicely's wishes he was cremated and a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stivers High School Scholarship Fund in Russ Nicely's Memory, PO Box 4527, Dayton, Ohio 45401.

EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER in Bellefontaine assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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