Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols


Mr. Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols, of Creede, Colo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 91.

Hank was born to parents Ralph and Bertha Nichols on July 24, 1929, in Liberal, Kan. He was the youngest of eight and graduated from Moscow High School. Hank’s father passed away when Hank was a young child. The entire family pitched in together to make it through the depression.

At the age of 16 Hank started farming for himself and spent the rest of his life working with his hands as a rancher, farmer, machinist, mechanic, and welder. He drove a school bus, he was a Stevens County Kansas County Commissioner, a Moscow Kansas School Board Member, and an active member of the Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Gene, Arthur, Russell, Jim, Ruth, Merna and Mya, his oldest son, Casey and his wife, Joy.

He is survived by his daughters Becky Nichols, Ruth Talbott, and Robin Hilsabeck; his two sons, Terry Wetherill, and Mark Wetherill; his grandchildren Misti, Brooke, Shad, Brady, Mindy, Ashley, Brittany, Tiffany, Brandon, Tyler, Ivy, Avery and great-grandchildren Dylan, Kyler, Zachary Jayden, Jessalyn, Jayce, Liam, Adonika, Izaiah, Aristea and his great-great-grandchildren Kyla and Lily.

Cremation was chosen. Friends and family are invited to attend Hank’s celebration of life at the Creede Congregational Church on June 19 at 2 p.m.  The family will have a private burial ceremony immediately following the service.

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