Western Slope Obituaries 1-11-10
Charles N. Nichols, Jr., 58, of Georgia Mesa, Colo., passed away suddenly on December 18, 2009.
He was born to Charles N., Sr., and Eleanor B. Nichols, at the Plateau Valley Congregational Hospital on May 2, 1951.
Charles was a lifelong Colorado rancher and entered into partnership with his dad in the operation of Nichols Ranches in 1970. He also established Nichols Livestock Hauling Company with the purchase of his first semi/tractor trailer in 1989. This business entailed trucking livestock to and from pastures and feedlots, and long hours on the highways of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, usually in the company of his fellow drivers, and cab partner Miss Pete, the Boston bulldog. He was an excellent heavy equipment operator (and a great mechanic), working on both family and ranch projects as well as numerous projects in his shop.
Charles was a vital member of the community, including serving on the Plateau Valley Fire Board for several years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Georgia Mesa fire station. Charles was handed full responsibility for Nichols Ranches in September 1997 along with all of the attendant duties; he dealt with all of it as only Charles could. When time permitted, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching the sand hill cranes migrate through every fall. His greatest joys were his family and home. There was nothing more important to Charles than his family. To say that he adored his grand children is an understatement. He spent as much time as possible with all of them; and, if they are not spoiled rotten, it’s not because he didn’t try.
He is survived by his loving companion, Debra Romaniec; his son Charles Nichols, III (Shannon) and grandchildren Natalie and Taylor of Molina, Colo.; his daughter Carrie Ann (Ty) Bevan and grandson Grant of Molina, Colo.; sisters Barbara (Charles) Marshall of Leadville, Colo.; Evelyn Taylor of Molina, Colo.; and Beverly (Dan) Martin of Grand Junction, Colo.; Uncle Miles (Billie) Reed of Palisade, Colo.; Uncle Allen Nichols of Molina, Colo.; Uncle Ben (Lois) Nichols, Sr. of Collbran, Colo.; and Aunt Mary Lou Ridenour of Molina, Colo.; six nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
Services were held December 22, 2009, at the Molina Baptist Church. Interment was in the Mesa/Molina Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Mesa Baptist Camp Association P.O. Box 70, Molina, Colo., 81646.
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