TUSCALOOSA - David Eugene Nikles, born July 3rd, 1954, passed away at home on Sunday, March 19th, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Nikles; his brothers, Russell and Randall Nikles; his paternal grandparents, Edward and Margaret Nikles; and his maternal grandparents, William and Anna Willis.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie; daughter, Sarah; son, Daniel; mother, Lucille Nikles; and siblings, Tim Nikles (Jeanne Nikles), Laura Nikles (Denise Bell), and Sue Nikles Moore (Tim Moore).
Dave attended the University of Akron, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1977. He went on to attend Case Western Reserve University, earning his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1982.
After graduating, he became a staff scientist at Hoechst Celanese Research Division in Summit, New Jersey, where he worked from 1982 to 1990.
In August of 1990, he joined the faculty of The University of Alabama, and remained active in education and research until his passing. During his tenure, he served as Associate Director for the Center for Materials for Information Technology and as Director of the Central Analytical Faculty. He had been a member of the American Chemical Society for 40 years, and an active member of the National Information Storage Consortium.
While Dave loved interacting with students at the University, one of his greatest delights was coaching youth soccer. This love grew from a need for coaches in the YMCA youth soccer program, where his son, Daniel, played. After many years of coaching with the YMCA, he earned several coaching licenses, allowing him to coach travel club teams and JV soccer at Paul W Bryant High School, where both of his children attended and Daniel played. He ultimately joined the PARA Foundation's developmental soccer league and had been coaching enthusiastic 8- and 9-year-old children for the past several years.
Public visitation will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel. Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with 30 minutes of visitation before the service. A private burial for family will follow.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family suggests donations be made to the "Dave Nikles Soccer" fund for the PARA Foundation. Donations may be mailed to PARA Foundation, PO Box 2496, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 or hand-delivered to 614 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 22, 2018.