Obituary: Allan G. Nickel

Allan G. Nickel, 79, of Newton, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at Kansas Christian Home.

He was born on January 6, 1939 in Newton, the son of Carl and Grace Unruh Nickel. Allan attended a one room country school for the first eight years, then graduated from Newton High School in 1957. After graduating he went to work for Hesston Manufacturing.

Allan married Lenora Voth on Aug. 12, 1960, at the Grace Hill Mennonite Church of rural Whitewater. They moved to Indianapolis for voluntary service as an orderly in a hospital. They had three daughters, Michelle, Marcelette (Marci) and Janelle. As a family, they enjoyed camping and gardening.

In his spare time, he took correspondence courses that eventually led him to being a tool designer at Hesston which would later become AGCO, where he worked for 43 years.

After Allan’s father died, he and his brother Dwight moved back to the family farm and farmed together until Allan’s health prohibited him from being involved.

Allan was interested in politics and was actively involved with Farm Bureau, serving on the Harvey County Board. For a number of times, he served as the local board president.

On June 4, 1988, he married Sharon Vogt Hiebert. To this union brought three more children, Doug and Penny Hiebert, Lonnie Hiebert and Gail Hiebert.

Allan loved traveling. He took the train to Tacoma, Washington to see his sister Janice and her family. Other memorable trips were to the Indian Passageway, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand.

He was a member of Grace Community Church, where he served in various ways for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife Sharon of Newton; daughters Marci Lehner and husband Robert of Abilene, Janelle Nickel of Newton, along with Doug Hiebert and wife Penny, Lonnie Hiebert and wife Debra, all of rural Peabody, and Gail Voth and husband Darrell of Oklahoma City; brother Dwight Nickel and wife Beverly of rural Newton; sister Janice Kinsley of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren Michael Rhoades, Cory Hiebert and wife Kait, Matthew Hiebert, Mikayla Hiebert, Noah, Lily and Jude Voth; great-granddaughter Addilyn Hiebert; and nephews Scott Nickel and wife Tina, and Phillip Nickel and wife Jimmie.

Allan is preceded in death by his first wife, Lenora; baby daughter Michelle; parents; and various sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Graveside services and interment will be at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Grace Hill Church Cemetery of rural Whitewater.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Community Church in Newton.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, where the family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with Grace Community Church, Kansas Christian Home and Good Shepherd Hospice. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.