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Donald Lee Nicholson

November 21, 1928July 12, 2020

Donald Lee Nicholson, was born on 21 November 1928, in French Lick, Orange County, Indiana, and died on 12 July 2020, in Orange Park, Clay County, Florida, at the age of 91.

Mr. Nicholson was preceded in death by his wife, Renelda Futch Nicholson, his parents, Jasper Nicholson and Sophia Walls Nicholson, a brother, Floyd “Jake” Nicholson, and two sisters, Betty Quinn and Judy Waggoner. He leaves behind two brothers, Dean (Janet) Nicholson and Clyde (Sue) Nicholson, and a sister Linda (Randall) Roach.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by a daughter, Donna Louise Ziegler, a son, David (Terri) Nicholson, three grandchildren, Autumn Nicole Ziegler, Donald (Ashley) Nicholson, and Katherine (Zach) Bass, and three great-grandchildren, Noah, Gavin, and Luke. He also leaves behind other nieces, nephews, and family in Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, and Ohio.

Mr. Nicholson was a member of the 1947 graduation class of Cuzco High School and was a member of the basketball team. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving as an aviation mechanic during the Korean War. While stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, he met his wife Renelda. The couple loved to spend the day relaxing at Jacksonville Beach.

After returning home from his service in the U.S. Navy, he worked at U.S. Gypsum in Shoals, Indiana. He was a long-time auto mechanic, working at his own garage and filling station in Dubois, Indiana, and taught auto mechanics at Springs Valley High School. He retired as a Mechanics Superintendent from Florida Mining and Materials in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1992.

Mr. Nicholson was known to many with his involvement in his church and was a long-serving member of his Men’s Sunday School Class and Bible Study. Mr. Nicholson also loved helping others, mowing and manicuring his lawn, performing auto repair and maintenance, and bragging about his children and grandchildren to anyone he met. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, wonderful friends, and everyone whose lives he touched over the years.

The family of Mr. Nicholson honored his request for cremation. His remains will be entombed at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 25 July 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Nicholson Valley Christian Church, located at 10191 IN-56, Dubois, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Nicholson Valley Christian Church.


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Donald Lee Nicholson

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Sheila Harris Mcneely

July 18, 2020

Donald was bigger than life to me as a young girl. After my dad Wayne passed away his kindness to my mom and me I can still remember. He always checked out our car to make sure all was running well when we would stop for gas. I remember getting the push up orange ice cream. He will always hold a special place in my heart and memories. Sympathy and prayers for his family.

Carolyn McFarland Fuhs

July 15, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. My Deepest Sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your Family.

David Elkins

July 15, 2020

When I was growing up and he had the garage he was my hero. He was one of the good guys. Gave me a lot of good advice.

Diane Wininger

July 15, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Donald passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.