Robert Floyd Nichols, was born March 22, 1920, in Peru, Iowa, the son of Alvin Lester and Madge Oma (Simmons) Nichols. Robert (Bob) married Eva Pearce in 1939, in Albany, Missouri. To this union two children were born, Phyllis Ann and Bobby D. Eva proceded him in death in November 2000.
He joined the Navy during WWII. Bob participated in the Borneo Invasion in the Pacific War while serving on the gun crew of the landing craft, USS LCSL41. Bob was rightfully proud of his Navy service . He attended reunions of the USS LCSL41 with his crewmates at various locations across the United States.
In 1948, Bob moved his family to the Rogue Valley. In 1950, he owned the Chevron Station at the corner of Crater Lake Highway and Vilas. He owned The Maytag Shop and Laundromat in Ashland. In 1977, the family moved to Eagle Point and he started SARGE Remanufactures. After retiring he continued repairing appliances for people in the community. He always said: “There is nothing that can’t be fixed”
In 2001, he wrote a letter of condolence to a Navy shipmate’s wife, Evelyn Rupp. He married Evelyn Rupp at Nicodemus, Kansas in September 2002. (Nicodemus was the area where his grandfather, John Killan Nichols, had homesteaded.) Bob and Evelyn spent their winters in Eagle Point and their summers in Hays, Kansas.
Bob passed away, May 30, 2010, at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas. He is proceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Faye.
His survivors include his wife Evelyn, Hays, Kansas, son Bobby D. Nichols, Medford, Oregon, daughter Phyllis Lovett, Eagle Point, Oregon, stepson Greg Horlick, Hays Kansas, stepdaughter Theresa Simpson , Ransom, Kansas, brother Richard Nichols, Des Moines, Iowa, sister Irene Ryan, Mancos, Colorado. Four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Services and interment took place June 4, 2010, at the Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum at Scenic Hills Memorial Park in Ashland, Oregon.