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Eddie Nichols

Obituary of Eddie Dwayne Nichols

Eddie Dwayne Nichols was born October 13,1955 to Dan and Charlene Nichols and died June 23, 2021 from complications of lung cancer.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Bonnie Woods. Survived by siblings Barbara Baker, Connie Kingsbury, Dannie Nichols, Mark Nichols, Charlin McCue and Cindy Nichols. Also survived by Patt Nichols (Mom 2) and siblings Craig Nichols, Shaunee Howard, Kelli Cruz, Keith Nichols and bonus siblings Roxanne Harding, Yvonne Kirk, Ray Harding and Ron Harding. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will miss his advice and his spare change antics.

In 1973 Eddie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Duluth (LPD-6) which assisted in Operation Frequent Wind - the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. The experience was one which he discussed with only a few people and it affected him immensely. He was honorably discharged in 1977.

Eddie purchased his first Harley in the mid 80’s and went on many trips to Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis. In March 1989 he suffered a life-altering traumatic brain injury returning from Daytona Beach. He bought his last Harley three months later and went to Sturgis that fall. He made many more trips to Daytona Beach, FL and Sturgis, SD and numerous points in between. His last trip was in 2015 for the 75th anniversary of Sturgis.

He loved living life whether that meant at Patt’s house (Mom 2) or teaching his numerous younger siblings how to drive or getting chocolate milk and donuts for his nieces and nephews. He ate Subway footlongs and/or Dominos pizza daily. He was an extremely independent man. He did everything his way, on his own terms, even after his diagnosis of lung cancer in 2017.

He will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

 

 

Cremation arrangements were made through Edwards Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory. A Celebration of Life was held August 21, 2021 and a Committal Service, with Military Honors, was held August 23, 2021 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.

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