John Robert Nickles Sr. “Nick”
John Robert Nickles Sr. “Nick”, 83, passed peacefully away at the Tomah VA on Sunday, September 20, 2020. John was born July 18, 1937 in Potosi, WI to Fred and Thelma (Maahs) Nickles. John later moved to Onalaska, WI where he graduated from Onalaska High School in 1956.
John served in the Army out of high school where he was in the Military Police, he earned his parachute badge as a paratrooper and received the Good Conduct Medal. After his service he worked construction. While working there he met and married Patricia Brendum on October 1, 1960 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI.
John was known by many names, Nick, Bob and Nibby to name a few, he was a jack of all trades, he was a salesman for Sears, worked for Train Company, was a real estate agent for Wheeler Realty. In the late 70’s he became an entrepreneur and owned several successful businesses, he owned and operated Riverside Bar on French Island, Nickles Realty and Hillside Cabinets and Carpet in Onalaska. He expanded to Nickles Flooring and Furniture in Galesville, WI in 1995.
During their 59 years of marriage they raised 5 children in Onalaska, Lori (John) Ungrodt, John Nickles Jr, Joe (Kris) Nickles, Lisa (RIck) Coryell, Lesley (Lee) Thompson. They have 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
John is survived by his loving wife Pat, and their children, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents, step mother Helen, brother Gary, and parent’s in law Woody and Polly.
The visitation will be at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St, Onalaska, WI on Sunday, October 4th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Private interment. To view John’s Tribute Video, please follow this link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/J7L37ZSHWBPJC922