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Charles Leon “Chuck” Nickels
Charles Leon “Chuck” NickelsNorthUnionCharles Leon “Chuck” Nickels, 59 of Richwood, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  He was born October 31, 1954 in London, Kentucky to the late Rebecca Berniece “Exta” (Williams) Nickels.

He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Marysville, retiring in 2007 after 33 years.  He was a member of Mt. Carmel #303 F&AM, Caledonia #299 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Mizpah Encampment #50.  Chuck enjoyed harness racing and as well as being a fan, he was a former owner.  He coached little league baseball at NUBB for more than thirty years.  A Wildcat supporter through and through, he frequently lent his time and energy to assist with many North Union sports.

On September 10, 1983 he married the former April Gregg, and she survives in Richwood.  He is also survived by a sister, Brenda Iker, Belvedere, Illinois; a special niece, Kandy (Brian) Cox, Richwood and their children, Jessica Cox, Brianne (Kyle) Crisswell, and Donovon Cox; Wendy Veach, Richwood; and her children, Cody Tevis and Gracie Burros; nephews Jay (Jennifer) Veach, Delaware, and their children Katlyn, James, Kelsey, Kriston Veach; Cory Johnson and son, Gavn; and Todd (Esmirelda) Johnson and daughter Bella; brother-in-law, James (Patricia) Veach, Richwood; and numerous near and dear friends.  He was preceded in death by a great-nephew, Steven James Cox.

Funeral services will be Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Matthew Craig officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 4 to 7 PM where Masonic and Odd Fellows services will begin at 7:00 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to R.E.A.P. Food Pantry, 235 Grove Street, Richwood, OH 43344 or North Union Athletic Boosters, 401 N. Franklin Street, Richwood, OH  43344.

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#1 from: North Union Football
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Friday nights will not be the same.  We'll miss Chuck and all of the things that he did for the program.  He cared about the kids of Richwood and North Union athletics.  Win, lose, draw.  Football, basketball, baseball.  Chuck was always there.  Our condolences.

#2 from: Karen Beeney McMahan
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Such a fine man and great role model for all youth in our community.  As a little league baseball coach, not only did he teach the boys the game, but how to be a good and honest person in life!  I am so blessed that he coached my son. He touched many lives and will be dearly missed.

#3 from: Cheryl McCreary
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM


Sorry to hear this.  Hope you are okay.


#4 from: Joann Brown
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Dear April

   I was very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing.    I will always remember Chuck. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

                Joann Brown  740-225-9246

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#6 from: joe and jerry sloop
richwood ohio
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

April so so sorry to hear about Chuck he will be out of pain and in jesus arms . He was a wonderful man.

#7 from: Angela Phipps
Mt Victory
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

sorry to hear the passing of Chuck I'm sure he will be truly missed at sporting events for North Union...god be with each of you at this difficult time

#8 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 Ss.Franklin St. Richwood,Oh 43344
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

April,Brenda,Kandy,Jay,and Wendy and extended family:

We are so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I knew he had been going down hill but wasn't prepared for this.

You have our love and prayers to all and if I can be of any help in any way PLEASE give me a call.
Will pray for God to give you all the strength to get through this. Cling to your memories and all the good times. He would want you to.


#9 from: Vicky Millington
Heath, Ohio
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

So sorry to hear about Chucks passing he was a good man .Prayers to his family.

#10 from: bill Nibert
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

April,Brenda and family So sorry to hear of Chucks passing. He will truly be missed at all the sport at NU. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
          Bill and  Johna Nibert
             and Blaine Rivers

#11 from: Garverick
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM


So sorry about the passing of Charlie. We all have great memories of time spent with him. We will miss him. You are in our prayers.
Margaret,Grant,Maddy, and Gilly

#12 from: Mary Y. Lee
Marion, OH
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Dear April.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It's a rough road, but you are a strong woman and, with the help of family and good friends, will survive this tremendous loss.

#13 from: Annie Evans
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

April, sad to hear about Chuck. He always had a smile and greeting whenever I saw him. He will be missed. God be with you during this sad time.

#14 from: mike and roberta drumm
richwood ohio
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

im sorry for your loss chuck will be missed you are in my thoughts and prays

#15 from: The Hamilton Family
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

We will miss seeing Chuck around! I always had a good time cracking jokes with him & Fergie during games.  When I was having shoulder issues and I would be out mowing, he would stop and see if I would need help lifting the can of gas for the mower..and on Fridays you would find Chuck at the REAP pantry lending a hand...Our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and the youth in our community!
Walt, Allison & Sam

#16 from: The Clark Family
Prospect, OH
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

What a sad day for the NU athletic community. We will miss you.   RIP, good man.  Prayers for your family.  

#17 from: David L Hudson
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 4:49 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss.  Chuck was such as supporter of North Union athletics. It always impressed me of his faithfulness to attend a majority of the sporting events. I would often run into him at subway and our conversations would always steer towards the game that just took place or the one that was just around the corner. Chuck was invested in the youth athletics of Richwood. There will be an empty spot on the sideline this year for sure. In our prayers

#18 from: Lynn and Shelley Beeney
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I will miss seeing Chuck near the gate a our North Union Football Field - Lynn, myself and both boys have great memories of playing summer baseball and using his batting cage at his home.  What a nice giving caring man.

#19 from: Sandy Jolliff
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 4:44 PM

We are so sorry to here the passing of Chuck Or as my kids called him...Big Chuck. We have known him for many years. He was my boys baseball coach and I was on the sideline with Chuck for the past 15 years. In all the time I have known him, I never heard him put a kid down. He treated them with respect and if they got in trouble, he would take them under his wing to be a mentor. I am going to miss all the talks we had waiting for the game to start. He will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Steve, Sandy Jim and Doug Jolliff

#20 from: roger and kelly davie and family
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

April we are very sorry to hear of Chuck'passing we would like to send our sympathies to you and all of the family we have many good memories of him he will be missed by all of us sincerely Roger Davie and family

#21 from: Hollie Haudenschield
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM


- So sorry to hear this;; Chuck will be missed by so many. I will miss seeing him and the amish boys running around all the time.

#22 from: Gabby Hastings
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I will miss seeing Chuck at the Civic Center, but his absence will be greatly noted at the football games. He never missed greeting me or my husband with a comment about one of our boys and how they were doing with football. He must of had insider info because one evening he said hey "make sure that number 11 keeps his grades up!" He was a good man and his spirit will always be felt on that NU football field.

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