OBITUARY

Dr. Charles William Nichols

November 23, 1930February 12, 2021

Dr. Charles William Nichols, age 90, of Nowthen, Minnesota passed away on Friday at 8:20 pm, February 12, 2021, at home with his family. Charles was born November 23, 1930.

He is preceded in death by parents, Ford and Helen Nichols; and seven of his nine siblings.

Charles is survived by his wife, Joyce; five children, Christine Kelly, Timothy (Patty) Nichols, Susan Jansma, Ellen (Matt) Lendt, and Stephen (Jeanne) Nichols; fifteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Reed; brother, Jimmy Nichols; and extended family and friends.

Charles was an Independent Fundamental Baptist Pastor for 44 years. He and Joyce were married for sixty-five years. He pastored two churches, the First Baptist Church of Cody, Wyoming, and Independent Baptist Church of Ramsey, Minnesota.

He was a Faithful Servant of God, Preacher of God's Word, Soulwinner, and gave his life to discipling God's people to be Rooted and Grounded in their Faith. He loved God-Honoring music, hearing his wife play the piano, listening to his family sing praises to the Lord. In his early life, he was a great athlete, averaging 30 points a game in high school basketball. Later on playing independent basketball, he had the opportunity to play in a game against the Harlem Globetrotters. His ambition in those days was to be an engineer and a high school basketball coach, however, God changed his heart, and he spent his life in the ministry of the local New Testament Church.

Charles was the founder of Park Christian Schools in the state of Wyoming, the first Christian K-12 School West of the Mississippi. He served many years at Castle Rock Baptist Camp and the Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, gardening, reading, fixing things, auctions, and going to garage sales with his wife.

Join us to Celebrate Charles' Life on Saturday, February 20th, at 1:00 pm at Independent Baptist Church of Ramsey, 15650 Sunfish Lake Blvd NW, Ramsey. Viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. His son-in-law, Pastor Matt Lendt, who succeeded Charles as pastor of IBC, will be presiding over the service.

Private Interment at Fort Snelling will take place on Monday, February 22nd, 2021.

If you would like to help the family with expenses, please send any donations to Independent Baptist Church of Ramsey or to the family's GoFundMe at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2a5krtbd80?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

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  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by parents, Ford and Helen Nichols; and seven of his nine siblings.
    Charles is survived by his wife, Joyce; five children, Christine Kelly, Timothy (Patty) Nichols, Susan Jansma, Ellen (Matt) Lendt, and Stephen (Jeanne) Nichols; fifteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Reed; brother, Jimmy Nichols; and extended family and friends

Services

  • Viewing

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Private Interment

    Monday, February 22, 2021

Memories

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Betty Ann Lewerke

February 21, 2021

Joyce: I have been thinking about and praying for you and the family!
Remembering college days and the time we visited your church in Cody, Wyoming with others of my husbands family on our vacation.
What a tremendous man of God. Praying for comfort and strength to each of you! Psalm 23

Michelle Vosmera

February 17, 2021

Uncle Chuck you will be missed. I fondly remember the Nichols family reunions in Montana that you organized. Thanks for being the loving and spiritual person you made a difference in many lives. You have a few siblings waiting to greet you in your transition. Much love Michelle

Mary Jorgenson-Collins

February 16, 2021

Joyce - I haven't seen you and Charles for yrs. So sorry to hear of your loss, but praise the Lord he is at peace with our Lord.

I am in Alaska and have been since 2010. Conrad passed away in 2008 and then my 2nd husband passed away on March 6, 2019. Then a a long time friend here in Alaska asked if I would marry him, so here I am again.

My love and sympathy goes out to you and the family. Ps.46:10

Many prayers for you! Love you,
Mary Ann Jorgenson-Collins

Randy and JoAnne Smith

February 16, 2021

Dear Nana, Lendts, and extended Nichols family,
We so wish we could be there to share in a tribute to a man who fought a good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. We were blessed to have such a man, first as a praying and supporting church pastor, and then for about 8 years as our home church pastor, with his dear wife by his side. We love you, cry with you, and rejoice with you for the godly heritage left to us by a man who kept eternity in view, and has now passed into the presence of the Savior he loves and faithfully served down here. That great reunion day in Heaven will be sweet! Love, RandyJoAnne, and Family

Pat Nelson

February 16, 2021

There are just too many wonderful memories from the years gone by... I remember spending a lot of time in your home, Joyce.. I always appreciated that, especially with Cork being gone, building churches, so much! I remember the year you came to Florida to spend a week in our condo down there. We had so much fun, didn't we? So many memories & thankful I have them! Love you all... (Memories with your kids, too, Joyce! Pat

George Cripe

February 15, 2021

Joyce: Jan and I are praying for you. We remember Chuck as a real convicted man of God. We remember coming down to Cody with our Christian school students for some great times. also appreciated the years we spent together at Castle Rock Camp. We recall when you came to Pillsbury. Wonderful days!

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