Walter R. Nickles

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Walter Robert Nickles, 80, of Hampstead, died Friday May 25, 2012, at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late George Nickles and Ada Mae Poole Nickles. He was the husband of Joan Elaine Nickles, his wife of 58 years.

Before retiring, he was an electrician by trade and owned his own business, Nickles Electric, and then worked as a truck driver for the Carroll County Roads Department. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of Manchester Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He was a life member of Reese volunteer fire company.

He enjoyed watching natural wildlife from his backyard, and working with his hands.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Lori Carey and husband Patrick, of Ocean Pines, and Brenda Lee Collins, of Frederick; a son, Wayne R. Nickles Sr., of Hanover, Pa.; sisters Audrey Solus, of Red Bluff, Calif., Dorothea Adams, of Baltimore, and Ruth Hale, of Littlestown, Pa.; a brother, Herbert G. Nickles, of Littlestown; grandchildren Julie C. Wintsch, W. Rick Nickles Jr., Tara L. Collins and Timmy Smith; and great-grandchildren Kayla and Austin Wintsch, and Rianna Nickles.

He was predeceased by a sister, Myra Wire; and brothers Jack R. and Ralph Nickles.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until time of the memorial service, 2 p.m. Sunday at Manchester Baptist Church, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester, with his pastor, the Rev. David Scafide, officiating. Interment of ashes will be in the church cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Manchester Baptist Church, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester, MD 21102.

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Published in Carroll County Times on May 28, 2012
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