Keith Eugene Nichols

Keith Eugene Nichols

Adena, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Apr 2014 (aged 75)
Indian Trail, Union County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Union County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 133514003 · View Source
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Keith Eugene Nichols, age 75, of Indian Trail, NC, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio died on April 12, 2014 at his home in North Carolina.

Keith was born on February 25, 1939 in Adena, Ohio, the son of Lawrence and Helen Bell Nichols. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Miller Nichols and a brother, Lawrence Nichols. He is survived by his wife Virginia Dillon Nichols, daughters Lori Nichols (Kevin) Paulus and Heidi Nichols, and granddaughter Madeleine Paulus. He is also survived by his brothers Martin, James, and Richard Nichols; sisters Anna Nichols Lewis and Edythe Nichols Elerick; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Keith graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1957, earned his undergraduate degree in History from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and graduate degrees from American University (Public Administration) and Ohio University (Special Education).

Keith served 30 years on active duty with the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. He joined the United States Naval Reserve during his junior year in high school and completed Recruit Training at Great Lakes Naval Station the summer before his senior year of high school. After graduation from high school, he went on active duty and served three years in Saudi Arabia and Rhode Island. He separated from the Navy in 1960 and worked two years at Bellaire Garment while attending the Ohio University branch at Martins Ferry High School.

He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1963 and was selected for Officer’s Candidate School in 1967, subsequently commissioned as an Ensign. After commissioning, he attended flight school in Pensacola and became a pilot of fixed-wing aircraft. A few years later, he once again attended flight school and became a helicopter pilot, serving as a search and rescue pilot at several duty stations. Aviation was his passion. He ended his military career after a three-year tour of duty in Honolulu, Hawaii and retired in 1987 with the rank of Commander. His Coast Guard duty stations included Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington, DC; Governors Island, New York City; Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Corpus Christi, Texas; Mobile, Alabama; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Keith took pride in his distinguished service with the Navy and Coast Guard. His favorite quote about military service was from a speech by President Kennedy at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963: “….any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy’.”

After retirement from the Coast Guard and completion of a graduate degree in Special Education from Ohio University, Keith began a new career as a special education teacher with the Wade Hampton School District in Hampton, South Carolina. Over the next 16 years he shared his varied life experiences and positive attitude with his students, both inside and outside the classroom. Among his many contributions to the high school, he secured funding for an HF and VHF ham radio station at Wade Hampton, passing on his own lifelong enthusiasm for amateur radio. His final call sign is nh6cq.

Keith was very dedicated to genealogy research and was able to document ancestors who arrived in the United States before the Revolutionary War and served on the American side of the war. In recent years he located and met many new extended family members throughout the United States, finding great enjoyment in sharing information with them.

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