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Wilbur Nickels
Wilbur NickelsGolf GreenWilbur Nickels, 84 of Marion, died late Tuesday evening September 6, 2022 at the Marion General Hospital.

He was born May 31, 1938 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky to the late Lee and Mona (Kintzer) Nickels. He was also preceded in death by siblings, Jack and Herman Nickels, Evelyn Miller and Edna Mae Perkins.

Wilbur had worked for 29 years as a General Foreman at the former Tecumseh in Marion and then retired from International Paper in Delaware. He had attended the Church of Christ Christian Union in Marion. Wilbur was a talented golfer, he enjoyed playing at Kings Mill and it could be said that he made a little money on the side from his playing partners. He also enjoyed NASCAR, his favorite drivers were the Earnhardts. He was also a pretty good bowler in his younger days.

Wilbur could be described as a simple man, who enjoyed simple pleasures. He was a true family man! He was devoted to his loving wife and daughters and when they had families, he could not get enough of his grandkids and great grandkids. He was so proud of them all. Wilbur also passed the love of hunting along to his family.

The family cherished all the family vacations to their favorite spot, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Surviving is his wife, Lorena Belle (Dillon) Nickels, they were married June 20, 1959 in Gallipolis. Also surviving are their two daughters, Terri (Todd) Hamilton of Richwood and Rhonda (Todd) Cook of Marion.
Grandchildren, Christopher Cummings, Amanda Saxton, Cassie (Jacob) Hartman and Jordan (Autumn) Hamilton
Great grandchildren, Kolby Potter, Jakob Saxton and Lucas Hartman
Sister, Barbara (Ronnie) Folden of Bidwell
Several nieces, nephews and extended family

Funeral services will be held Monday September 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Church of Christ in Christian Union, Pastors Wes Craker and Larry Dillon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery. Friends may call two hours prior to the service beginning at 11:00 am at the church.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1709 Bellefontaine Ave. Marion, Ohio 43302

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

Directions to Marion Cemetery

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#1 from: Joyce Arnold
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 4:53 PM

The best Uncle a person could have.  Always a smile on his face.  He would call and when I answered the phone he would say, Hello Darling.
I love him and will greatly miss him.

#2 from: Sally Pelfrey Register
Vernon, fl
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 5:03 PM

Our prayers are with the family for comfort n peace. Love you all.

#3 from: Dale and Jodie Bishop
Petersburg, Pa
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 5:07 PM

We will always have the best memories of Wilbur. We loved every minute of our time with him in Daytona.  Loved every story he told. The most loving and easy going man! Sending our sympathy and love to all!

#4 from: Sally Pelfrey Register
Vernon, fl
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 5:14 PM

Precious memories that are shared n held close in our hearts. Loved Uncle Wilburn and will miss him dearly. Prayers sent to Aunt Rena, Terri and Rhonda and the rest of the family for the days ahead. Love you all.

#5 from: Frances pettis
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 5:15 PM

He was a wonderful uncle love him so much. Our hearts are sad but we know that he is with his love ones in heaven. Sending our love to the family in this difficult  time.love you uncle Wilbur will be miss .

#6 from: Todd Cook
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 5:49 PM

Wilbur was the best father n law a man could ever ask for.Just loved this man so much.He really made me feel very special when I was welcomed into the family.I am definitely gonna miss all those evening conversations on the front porch.He would do anything for anybody.Just one of the best men I have ever met in my life.

#7 from: Mona Peacock
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 6:09 PM

Our hearts are so sad to have to say good bye to this special uncle. He was like a big brother and we'll miss your bright eyes and great smile. Love you forever!

#8 from: Vicki Jordan
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 6:44 PM

Amanda,Cassie, Rhonda, Rena and the entire family

We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time

Vicki and Jim Jordan

#9 from: Karen Elaine Landon
Ft Pierce, FL 34945
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 6:48 PM

Rene, and family,
 I am so sorry for your loss. It was a shock to read of Wilbur's passing.
 I have fond memories of the time we spent together. May your friends, family, and faith, be of comfort at this time of loss.

#10 from: Brenda collins
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 7:37 PM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for all.

#11 from: brody hamilton
mt.victory ohio 43340
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 8:21 PM

sorry for your loss he was a good man to spend time with

#12 from: Norman Wells
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 9:45 PM

I can't remember a time seeing Uncle Wilburn without huge smile.  You could tell his heart was just as big.  He loved his family and we sure loved his and Aunt Rena's visits.  A life well lived!  Praying for you Aunt Rena and the whole family.  

#13 from: Beth and Craig Owens
Gulf Shores
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 10:13 PM

Such a kind and gentle man. Such wonderful memories with our Daytona Beach "family". Craig enjoyed his golfing time with Wilbur. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord.May God's perpetual light shine upon him

#14 from: Susan Nickels
Volcano, CA
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 10:56 PM

It has been many many years since I last saw Wilbur. I am so sorry for your loss. With sympathy,  Susan

#15 from: Nancy Wiley
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 8:06 AM

So sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you strength at this difficult time.

#16 from: Kathy Billingsley
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 10:52 AM

You have been in my prayers and will continue to be.
Hugs my friend.

#17 from: Peggy Mannon
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 12:25 PM

Will always remember Wilburís big smile. Itís been several years since I seen him but him and my dad Leo Saunders had some good times. My condolences to the family. Love and prayers to all. Peggy Saunders Mannon.

#18 from: Roger and Dremala Nickels, and Anna Marie Nickels Jones
Elkview, WV
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 1:25 PM

We are so sorry for your loss.  We wish we could be there with you during your time of need.  Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

#19 from: Michael Jenner
5232 Seiter Road New Bloomington, Ohio 43302
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 2:56 PM

Wilbur was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I am privileged to have been his friend for many years and I loved playing golf with him. I know you loved the Lord, Brother and I sure am going to miss you till we are together eternally.

#20 from: Don & Barb Everly
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Sep 9, 2022 at 5:09 PM

Rena, Rhonda & Terry

So very sorry for your loss. Wilbur was always gracious and kind when we would meet. Always the gentleman. May he rest in peace

#21 from: Greg Lechleitner
Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 6:48 PM

So sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

#22 from: Melissa and Tim
Marion, OH
Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 6:49 PM

Wilber was the best neighbor anyone could ask for. We are so grateful to have meet him and his loving wife and family. He will always be remembered and loved! Prays to the family.

#23 from: mike and Sue Repine
Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 6:51 PM

A good friend,and golf partner. May you rest in peace Wilbur.

#24 from: Shaun and Beth Straw
Sun, Sep 11, 2022 at 7:22 AM

We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you sense Gods arms of comfort surrounding you through this journey.

#25 from: Noel & Heather
Sun, Sep 11, 2022 at 1:44 PM

I would like to first give my love and prayers to this family. Second , I would like to take time to thanks Wilbur, for taking my daughter in as family and showing her what having a grandfather is like. Forever blessed to know he thought the world of Autumn.

#26 from: Vickie Severt
1191Bennett St.
Sun, Sep 11, 2022 at 9:17 PM

Rena,Terry,Rhonda,and family.We are so very sorry for your loss. Wilbur was a great person, he will be sadly missed by everyone. Our thoughts will be with you all. Sending love and prayers.The whole Severt Family.

#27 from: Missy Pelfrey
Milton, Florida
Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 12:51 PM

Uncle Wilburn was one of the best uncles. I have sweet childhood memories of visiting him and Aunt Rena and always loved when they could make a trip to Florida. I will miss him dearly! 😢
Wish I could have been there today to give you all hugs. We will be praying for you today and in the days to come. Love you all bunches! 🙏❤️🙏

#28 from: Darrell Collins
westerville ohio
Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 9:01 PM

so. sorry to here about your dad. i had great meories of him from my child hood. i feel so badly for you. girls and your mother i didnt here about it till today when sister kim called me.im trully sorry .  Darrell Collins

#29 from: Leonard and Rita Rodgers
Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 9:52 PM

You know men don't say  they love other men but I can say I loved Wilbur,and his family.I could set and talk to him for hours,just didn't spend enough time with him.We just heard about his passing on the 16th couldn't believe it.Sorry we missed his funeral,we love you.

#30 from: Teresa Denman
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 at 8:57 PM

Worked with Wibur.He was a good man .So sorry to here of his passing.Sorry for his family.Prayers

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