Johnny Ronald Nichols, Sr., 59, of Hannibal, Mo. left this world in peace and comfort in the arms of his loving wife Friday, May 26, 2017.
A memorial gathering in honor of and to celebrate the life of Johnny will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Johnny was born on April 14, 1958, in Hannibal, Mo., the son of John P. and Mary V. (Webster) Nichols.
Johnny was married to Melinda G. Rickey on October 26, 1996 in Hannibal.
Survivors include his wife, Lindy of the home; two sons, Johnny Ronald Nichols, Jr. (Genna) and Joshua Ryan Nichols both of Hannibal, Mo.; one daughter, Jessie Rae Nichols of Hannibal, Mo.; one sister Joyce Ann Yehle (Keith) of Hannibal, Mo.; one brother, Roger D. Nichols (Roberta) of Hull, Ill. Johnny has four grandchildren, Autumn Nichols, Ashton Bates, Brooklyn Bates and Kierstynn
In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence L. Nichols and one granddaughter, Gracy Nichols.
Johnny worked on a family farm for several years and also spent over 30 years as a union operator of heavy equipment. In the latter part of his life he did work for several families in the Hannibal area.
Johnny was awesome at what he did and was meticulous in any type of work he performed. His famous words of wisdom were "Do it right the first time and there won't be a second time". He loved passing on his knowledge to the younger generation, which he took much pleasure in telling them a thing or two.
Johnny had many hobbies; he hunted when he was younger, enjoyed hunting for arrowheads, fishing and mushroom hunting (which was the bomb of them all). Johnny was talented and crafty when he and Lindy would do projects around the house and yard. He loved to garden and just loved being outdoors. Most of all Johnny loved his family and friends. He loved just hanging out with them, although the fish fry's and BBQ's were a plus.
To the many that knew Johnny he had many aliases. Each called him by their own personal picks: Peewee, Dad, Chili Pepper, Johnny Dime and Johnny Bobby.
Johnny enjoyed life, he was close to so many. Each of us have memories made with him so he will always be with us.
There are so many that we would like to thank not only his extended family Patricia Molles, Cheryl Sultzman, Karen Branch, Marla White, Tim Rickey, the crew at the Waterhole and Sportsman's Bar. A special thanks to Sharon Webster, Barnes Jewish Hospital and Community Loving Care Hospice.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ace Armour, Elijah Owens, Carol Tapley,
Jim Henderson, Chuck Otten, Bill Brown, Raymond Nicosia, Denny David, Rich Smashey, Curtis Raine, John Ledbetter, Butch Tapley, Charles Ham and Phillip Boss.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.