LEWIS L. NICHOLAS
Lewis L. Nicholas, 94 of Pawnee City passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Pawnee Manor in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He was born on December 15, 1918 in Cumro, Nebraska. Lewis was born to immigrant parents John Bowen Nicholas and Elizabeth Marie Ghude. They both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. John came in 1901 and Elizabeth in 1886. They met in Custer County and were married in 1908. They had 5 children Eleanor, Evan, Lloyd, Lewis and Doris. Due to his fathers poor health they left the ranch and moved near Summerfield, Kansas when Lewis was about 7 years old. Moving by train they brought a cow and some chickens with them.
Lewis attended Summerfield School, graduating from 12th grade in 1936. He worked for area farmers until drafted in 1943. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 after serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. When asked why he choose the Navy he said he discussed it with his father. His father told him in the Navy, if you had a bed it would be a dry one.
Lewis married Thelma Babcock on June 1st of 1946. They had 3 children Wanda Rae, John Benjamin and Norma Jean.
The first 5 years of marriage they lived on a farm 5 miles west of Summerfield, Kansas. They moved to Pawnee County and farmed west of town moving to Pawnee City in 1979. Lewis also worked at the Beatrice State Development Center in Beatrice while farming.
When Lewis was 12 years old he got his first bicycle by trading a calf for it. His dad had given him permission for the trade. Lewis was blessed with a fantastic memory to the very end. If you ever needed anything, he could tell you what building it would be in and on what hook or nail and what was lined beside it.
He knew the year everyone was born starting with his parents and siblings, his wife's parents and siblings. He knew when all the spouses and children were born. Adding to the list he knew when all of his grandchildren and great grands were born. As well he knew the year many friends were born.
Lewis had a great love of saddle horses. He thoughtfully named each one. One horse's name was combined with parts of the names of his children. That horse was John Wan Jean. He had a 50/50 deal with his son, J.B. would feed them and Lewis would look at them. He let the last horse go about 3 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Nicholas, sister Eleanor, brothers, Lloyd & Evan.
He is survived by his wife and children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a sister Doris.
Funeral services were June 11, 2013 in Pawnee City, Nebraska with inurnment in the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
Thelma Marie Babcock Nicholas
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