John W. Nicholson Jr.

Evansville, Indiana

1923 - 2020 (Age 96)


Evansville, Indiana
Alzheimer's Association


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John W. Nicholson, Jr.

Evansville - John W. Nicholson, Jr., 96, of Evansville, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital. He was born December 11, 1923 in Boonville, IN, to the late Ethna Pearl (Hicks) and John W. Nicholson, Sr.

John served in the Army Infantry in Europe during WWII and was a member of the VFW 1114. He was a prisoner of war and received two Purple Hearts. He was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church and a member of the Coin Club. John and his wife were co-owners of Wabash Poster Service and Hoosier Accounts Service. John enjoyed fishing and camping at Lake Barkley and it became a family joke that he was the only family member that "never ate at Patti's." Most of all, John loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

John is survived by his daughters Connie Sue (David) Godeke and Kathy Lynn (David) Henry; grandchildren, Amy Lynn Paddock (Sam Conner), Nathan David Godeke and Dawn Marie (Mark) Mangus; great grandchildren, Olivia Paddock, Allison Paddock, Keira Godeke and Colin Godeke, and Alexandria Marie Mangus; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters, Mary McGowan, Judy Reed, Betty Jo Bell and Doris Bremkamp; and brother, Charles Nicholson.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Nicholson; brothers, Bob Nicholson, Jerry Nicholson, Kenny Nicholson and James Nicholson.

Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Avenue. Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. David Mills officiating.

Entombment will be at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 701 N. Weinbach Ave., #510, Evansville, IN 47711 or Olivet Church, 5600 Oak Hill Road, Evansville, IN 47711

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I only had the honor of meeting John a couple of times. Yet he made a huge impact on my heart. He took the time to share his detailed memories of His Tour of Duty in the United States Army

And then he shared an album of those memories he had carefully put on paper. Plus a 4 page story detailing the 14 months he was a POW in Nazi Germany! I learned so much from him and admired him so much. My life will never be the same for having had the honor of knowing John.

Dick and I send our prayers and condolences to the entire Nicholson family. I met Connie and her parents over 50 years ago. Her parents were always kind, funny and welcoming to everyone. Through our many moves away from the Evansville area, when we saw them they were always the same and never changed. Just kind people. Connie and I have commented many times how blessed we both were to have such wonderful parents.

John was my Dad's last living cousin. My Dad passed in 2010. I send prayers to John's family. Those Nicholson boys were something else! At our family reunions they were always laughing and telling stories and jokes. He was such a wonderful war hero and guy!

I have to share my favorite childhood memory. My grandparents started taking me camping with them when I was young. (Probably 4 or 5 yrs old) Their first camper was small and the bedroom had 2 twin beds. Johnny would take a piece of plywood and slide it in between the 2 twins. They would pile blankets on it and thats where I slept. I remember it fondly. I have so many wonderful memories of my grandparents. They both will be missed every day ❤

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. John will remain in our hearts forever.

As neighbors on Old State, we had some young ladies visiting, and they had to turn around in Mr. Nicholson's driveway. They hit and I'm sure damaged one of the big pine barrier things but they said he was apparently watching the whole thing and told them "That's okay. We'll fix it" - with a smile. I felt so blessed at that moment, and probably for weeks afterward. He and Mrs. Nicholson were wonderful neighbors.