In Memory

William Nichols

William Nichols

Nichols, William H. "Bill" aka "Axel Lonewalker," left the "Land of Oz" on Jan. 22, 2015. He was born July 21, 1945, to Wilburn Worth and Viola Hurley Nichols. He was preceded on his eternal journey by his parents and sons, Christopher and James. Bill is survived by a son, Jeremy Nichols (Jeanette); a grandson, Dakota and a granddaughter, Indigo. Other survivors include brother, Herbert Nichols of Wichita; sisters, Ethelyn Nichols Laughary (Jerry) of Forsyth, Mo., Alice Nichols Penovich (Dan) of Springfield, Mo., Janice' Nichols Reed (Gene) of Brighton, Colo.; two aunts and a galaxy of cousins, nieces and nephews. Bill attended Waco Elementary School, Horace Mann Jr. High, North High and Wichita State University with a Master's Degree in Music Performance (French Horn). After graduation he served in the Army band and then played in the Wichita Symphony for numerous years. He was a master carpenter, an Eagle Scout, an expeptional photographer and recently retired as the Assistant Supervisor of the Security Department at the Wichita Art Museum. An informal celebration of Bill's life is planned for March 14, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Please feel free to bring any memories, mementos, photographs, or other items to share with his many friends. Snacks will be provided. A memorial has been established with Kansas Honor Flight. A tax deductable donation in his name can be mailed to P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504-2371. A deserving vet will benefit as well.

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02/08/15 07:55 PM #1    

Laura Berlin (Fisher)

Bill and I went to Horace Mann Intermediate and of course, North High.  We were in many classes together over the years, and especially enjoyed Band and Orchestra with him.  We walked together at graduation, and I have fond memories of this good friend who has gone on to a better place.  I've always believed that our class reunions and family reunions are rehearsals for that great reunion we will have after this life, and how wonderful that will be! 

02/10/15 10:22 AM #2    

Linda Ramsey (Bright)

Yes, Laura, I believe that is so. Do you plan to go to his Memorial in March?  

02/10/15 07:36 PM #3    

Sue Leatherbury (Janson)

I agree with you, Laura. I have a special place in my heart for Bill as I, too, had classes with him at Horace Mann and North. He was always quiet, but when he spoke, he was worth listening to. I became quite close Bill and his 3 older sisters while dating his older brother in college. The last time I saw and visited with Bill other than our last reunion was at a big Nichols Family reunion in the early spring of 2013.  Rest in Peace, my friend.


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