Richard Nichols, 78, of Kannapolis, NC, formerly of Staples, passed away surrounded by family on May 26, 2019 at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.
A service was held at the home of his son and daughter-in-law on June 1, 2019.
He will be laid to rest in Minnesota at Fort Ripley at a later date.
Richard was born September 15, 1940 to Monroe and Beatrice (Smith) Nichols in Staples. He grew up in Staples graduating from high school in 1958. He joined the army in 1960 and served in Germany and Vietnam. He married his first wife in Germany in 1961; he then married Margo Anderson in 1972.
Richard worked many jobs around Staples. He worked with his father and brother at Nichols Service Center until it was sold. He then worked at Stern Rubber, Coast to Coast and later, Crestliner Boats Works in Little Falls until his retirement in 2002.
Richard spent his retirement years on 40 acres north of Staples where he enjoyed walking in the woods, feeding the numerous animals and checking the trail cameras. He enjoyed hunting with his family and friends until the dementia became worse. He and his wife moved to North Carolina to be near grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife, Margo; two daughters, Christa and Helga of Germany; two sons, Richie of Santa Ana, CA and Ron (Michele) of Concord, NC; five grandchildren, Jana of Germany, Alexis, Kendra, Tyler and Alyssa of NC; one sister, Jeanette Hardy of Milaca; one brother, James Nichols of Wadena; brothers-in-law Hugh Anderson of AZ and Bill Anderson of WI; sisters-in-law Barbara Anderson AZ and Gye Anderson of WI and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.
Cremation services were provided by the Boston Mortuary of Charlotte, NC.