Millard “Nick” Nicholas, 85, of Eagle Point, died Apr. 15, 2010 at Three Fountains Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Medford.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1924. He was an orphan from Greece who was adopted by Dora and Oscoe Nicholas from Wolf Summit, West Virginia. He grew up in West Virginia going to school and working long hours on the farm owned by Dora and Oscoe. He left the farm to work at Civil Conservation Corp. (CCC) camp. At the beginning of World War II, he joined the US Navy and served on the USS Pocono and the USS New Mexico. He was honorably discharged in Nov. 1945. He worked in restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, of Southern California. He married Esta Ewing Buenzli Aug. 18, 1971 and lived in Southern California until moving to Medford in 1981. Nick continued his cooking skills until his retirement.
Because of his combat experiences in World War II, he became a very gentle person, only interested in nonviolence. Nick loved all animals, especially cats.
He is survived by two brothers-in-law, Fred Ewing, of Grants Pass, OR. and Olen Ewing, of Corona, CA.; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Livaudias-Mapes, of Shady Cove. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esta.
A service was held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on April 21. Contribution can be made to C.A.T.S. in Nick’s name. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.