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Orville Nichols

Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Death 9 Feb 2017 (aged 83)
Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 176333970 · View Source
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NICHOLS, Orville. God called His faithful servant, Orville, age 83 of Miamisburg, home on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 24, 1933 in Oxford, Ohio to the late Orville and Lessie (Hollowell) Clevenger.

In addition to his parents, Orville was preceded in death by his adoptive father Carl Nichols; his step-mother, Zelma Clevenger; his son, Matthew Christian Nichols, and sisters, Ruth Clevenger, Bessie Buckley and Verna Mae Curtis. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn (Sowder) Nichols; daughter Elisia (Tony) Hayes; sons, Michael (Leslie) Nichols and C. Mitchell (Jodi) Nichols; grandchildren, Christina (Kevin) Morris, Melissa (Luke) Jayjohn, John Hayes, Carter Nichols, Josie Nichols, Andrew Nichols and Ethan Nichols; great-grandchildren, Samuel Jayjohn, Benjamin Morris, Elise Jayjohn, and Elijah Morris; brothers, Carl (Lila) Nichols, Jr. and C. Wayne (Betty) Clevenger. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School where he excelled as a track star and cross-country runner. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Alfred A. Cunningham Destroyer, 752 and served during the Korean War. After returning home, he worked for Bendix Aviation and then Monsanto Mound Lab in Miamisburg, retiring from there after 30 years. For most of his life he worked diligently to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. He was a Sunday School Teacher, Church Deacon, Youth Leader, Choir member and the list goes on. He participated in various ministries such as: Billy Graham Film Ministry, Clyde Dupin Evangelistic Team, American Bible Society Ohio State Coordinator, VP of New Hope Cancer Support Group and the Miamisburg Ministerial Association. He spread the Good News around the world with mission trips to Russia, Honduras and Israel, and is best known for the tens of thousands of Cross in the Pockets that he made and shared all around the world. Because of his dedication to the Lord, he was selected by his retired crew to serve as their honorary Navy Chaplain. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed making lighthouses and birdhouses. He also took great pride in his yard and garden, and was extremely proud to win the city Beautification Award twice. His love for his family was his greatest accomplishment and he adored his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren immensely. We all celebrate him home, but he will be greatly missed.

Family will receive friends at Miamisburg Christian Church with a service to follow, performed by Pastors Stephen Spurgin, John Swint and Mike Tuttle. Burial at the Dayton National Cemetery with military honors. GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE FUNERAL HOME, 508 E LINDEN AVE, MIAMISBURG, OH 4534




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  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176333970
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Orville Nichols (24 Mar 1933–9 Feb 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176333970, citing Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Althea (contributor 46800818) .