Richard Wayne Nicholson

January 7, 1945March 5, 2013
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Richard “Dick” Wayne Nicholson, 68, of Terre Haute, went to the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He was born on January 7, 1945, in Terre Haute to Donald Guy and Winnie Elizabeth (Houston) Nicholson. Dick was a 1963 graduate of West Vigo High School. He proudly served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War. He retired from GTE after 30 years of service. He also retired after 16 years as a bus driver for Vigo County Schools. Dick attended New Life Community Church.

Dick is survived by his wife, Dixie (Hoffman) Nicholson of Terre Haute; children, Tami Nicholson of Terre Haute, and Michelle Nicholson of Irmo, SC; grandchildren, Isaiah Dooley, Kaleigh All, and Sadie All; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Annalyse, and Madison Dooley; a brother Bill Nicholson; brother-in-laws, Joe Hoffman (Debbie) and Bob Terrell; sister-in-law, Kathy Flinn; close friend and honorary son, Troy Bensinger; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Barbara Terrell and Maribeth Barton.

Dick will be most remembered for his outspoken love of God, and his devotion to Family and Country. No words can describe this big teddy bear of a man, affectionately called husband, dad, brother, grandpa, and uncle, a true hero to all who knew him.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8 with visitation an hour prior to services at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Carey officiating. Burial will take place in Roselawn Memorial Park with military rites performed by Rosedale American Legion. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Funeral Ceremony Friday, March 8, 2013

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Leila Short

March 12, 2013

So sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy to you Dixie.

Leila Short

March 12, 2013

Dixie, & family, I'm so sorry to read this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Butch & Linda Ward

March 9, 2013

Dixie and Michelle, I hope you know that Dick will always be in our hearts till the day we meet again. There will always be something missing every morning when I wake up,but all I have to do is look across the street and remember the good times and that darn bus.
We love the two of you and hope that you always know we will always be here for the both of you. I know that Dick knew we would always look after his girls.

Becky Morris Neufeld

March 8, 2013

Dixie, Tamiko, and Michelle~I'm so sorry to hear of Dick's passing, and I'm so thankful Jeanie, Jodi, and I were able to see him with all of you when we were in Indiana. It gives me peace to know that he is with the Lord. I'm praying for you all. Love, Becky

Lynn Lee

March 8, 2013

My thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Ricky & Tammy Taylor

March 8, 2013

Dixie, Michelle & family, Ricky and I are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed talking with him each time he came to SC to visit with Michelle. Even though we cannot be there, we extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted... Ricky & Tammy Taylor, Jennifer & Heather

March 7, 2013

Dixie, So sorry to hear about Dick's passing. Your family is in our prayers.

Mark & Cathi Swander

Ron & Sandy Carmony

March 7, 2013

Dixie, Tami & Michelle, We thank God that we were all able to get together with all of you and the California cousins at our house in 2010. It was great to catch up and relive old times. I have such cherished memories of Dick and all the good times we had at the little house in West Terre Haute. I used to tag along with him when he mopped the floors at Dick's Diner when we were just kids. I always got a kick out of his quiet, but bedeviled sense of humor and I was proud of him when he served in Viet Nam. Dick always possessed a strong sense of family that showed through whenever he spoke. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please take comfort in the fact that he is walking the streets of gold and that you will see him again.

Debbie Reeves

March 7, 2013

Dixie, Dave and I are sorry for your loss. Although we cannot be there physically, our thoughts are with you.

The Burrus Family

March 7, 2013

My prayers, thoughts and deepest sympathies to all of you. Please hold tight to your faith, for I know how strong it is. While we cannot understand the things that have happened and why they happened, we can have peace in knowing that His plan is the perfect one...and while we don't quite understand it day we will and you will all be reconnected again. Love to you all!