KNOX CITY, Mo. -- John Will Nicol of Knox City, 79, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) in Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Mo.
He was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Knox County, a son of Howard M. and Nellie Leona Pulse Nicol. He was united in marriage to Judy Leigh Bachmann on March 17, 1963, in Knox City. She survives.
John received his education at Brushy rural school, graduated from Knox City High School and Culver Stockton College at Canton. He served his country in the United States Army
from September 1953 to September 1955, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the Nation Defense Service Medal.
John was engaged in farming in the Knox City area most of his life. He served as Knox City Mayor for several years, was a member of the Knox City American Legion Post # 358, and had served as First District Commander. He was Past President of the Knox City Senior Housing Board.
John was baptized in Colony Baptist Church. He loved deer and turkey hunting and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. One of his joys was being able take the Great River Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., last October with his son, Joe.
In addition to his wife, Judy Nicol of Knox City, survivors include his son, Joe Nicol and wife, Lori, of Kirksville; his daughter, Annette Smith and husband, Ron, of Mound City; three grandchildren, Randy Smith, Anna Nicol and Hunter Bender; two sisters, Mary Joy Sayres of Knox City and Judy Rolfe and husband, Ernest, of Windsor Ontario, Canada; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Nicol; and a sister, Sandra Browning.
SERVICES: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, Edina, with the Rev. Charles Sharpe conducting. Burial will be in Knox City Cemetery.
Music will be provided by Brent Karhoff, soloist, and Carol Hayes, organist. Musical selections will be "Peace In the Valley" and "Meet Me There".
Casket bearers will be Greg Nicol, Michael Browning, David Browning, Jason Rolfe, Ronald Sayres, Earl Huber, Todd Goodwin and Larry Hubble.
Honorary bearers will be Donnie Strange, Joe Myers, David Mitchell, David McCabe, Steve Heinberg and John David Huber.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Knox City American Legion Post 358 or Knox City Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Mo. 63537.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home.
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