William “Bill” Nichols

William “Bill” Nichols, 62, Tonganoxie, Gained his wings may 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He lost his long hard battle with cancer.

Graveside inurnment will be 2 pm, Friday May 19, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bill was born October 4, 1954, in Lawrence, the son of Clifford and Bessie Nichols

He lived most of his early years in Lawrence before venturing out west, where he lived in Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon. Bill spent many years camping and hunting elk and deer in the mountains. While living in Oregon he developed a passion for horses and loved and loved and cared for two of his own, Penny and Cody.

Bill’s love of cowboy history led him to become a twenty year member of SASS (Single Action Shooting Society). He competed in many matches along the west coast and won multiple awards for his shooting talent.

He was a master carpenter and owned and operated his construction company, Magic Touch while in Oregon. Bill was currently working for the University of Kansas in their Facility Services Department, as a Senior Carpenter. Bill had a love for classic cars and spent countless hours rebuilding his 67 Nova LETRBUK. He took great pride in accomplishing his huge task by himself.

Bill was married to Kathy Martin, they later divorced. He married Susan Nichols, they later divorced. He is survived by his life partner, Michelle Elston, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter Beth Nichols (Kenny), a stepson Jason and step daughter Kayla, all of Lawrence. Bill as three brothers; Charlie, Calvin and Donnie Nichols and seven grandchildren, all of Lawrence.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Bill’s quick wit will be missed, he enjoyed seeing the reaction he received from people with his quick comebacks.

The family wishes to thank the Midland Hospice Group for their compassionate care and support during his battle.

Friends may call on Thursday where a visitation will take place from 5:30-6:30 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Toby Lynn...

Rest in peace dear Bill. Nothing but joy, laughter and smiles come to mind when I think of you Bill. I am so greatful and thankful to have met you and Susan so many, many years ago. I always admired the friendship and love the two of you shared and showed for each other. You two were the best apartment neighbors anyone could ask for. I know you gave me a hard time and I gave it right back and it was in those moments I knew I found an awesome couple to hang out with. I am so glad we have such great memories for me to hold onto. Your hard work and dedication made this world a better place. My condolences to Bill’s family, friends and the love of his life, Susan Nichols. Remember to keep Bill alive in your memories and talk about him often and he will always be with us.

From Donna E. Fannin...

To the family of Billy Nichols:
Sorry for your loss; I remember when my son was little and Billy’s folks lived across the street from me in North Lawrence. May God heal your heart, and carry you thru.

From Debbie D’Armond...

My thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of a Brother, Dad and Partner, grand dad, uncle may the Lord wrap his loving arms around each of you and give you some Peace and comfort in this time of need. Bill, was loved my many and will not be forgotten. May you rest high on Tha mountain.

From Lisa Lynn Stratton (Sanchez)...

We are so sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed terribly and thank god he’s not longer suffering. Michelle, we send you and the family our thoughts and prayers for strength as you go through this tough time. God Bless you all.

From Nancy Bagwell...

My thoughts and Prayers to Michelle and the Nichols family. May you rest in peace Bill.

From Donna Ketchum...

Michelle our thoughts are with you today, tomorrow & always. Our hearts ache for your loss. We love you.

From Kathy Chapman...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Michelle Elston and the Nichols family.

From Jerry & Diana Cunningham...

We were saddened to hear of the loss of a very special friend. In years passed shared so many wonderful times. And in later years we become so busy in our own lives that we lose contact. But you were always in our thoughts and will be missed greatly. Our deepest condolences.

From Michelle Elston...

My heart is broken…but my heart is at peace knowing you are not suffering anymore. RIP my love💔

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