Daniel (Dan) Edward Nichols was born on Dec. 16, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo.
Dan was the oldest of his siblings, Michael, Russell and Star.
Dan joined the Navy in January 1970, where he served as an HT3-Hull Technician, Third Class. He did welding and maintenance on the USS Samuel Gompers until his honorable discharge in January 1976.
Dan had a career at Rocky Flats and had many job titles, starting out as a janitor and worked his way up to becoming a health and safety physicist in Denver in 1974, until his retirement in 1995. After retirement, he worked as a local truck driver pulling a reefer. Dan also worked for the State of Nebraska, where he held many roles including rest area maintenance, snow plow driver, and was a member of the road crew.
On Nov. 21, 1987, he was united in marriage to Marguerite WandaLee (Susan) Howard. To this union came two children, Daniel Edward Nichols II in 1989 and Kristin Marie Nichols in 1992. Dan was a loving father to their two children and loving husband to his wife, Susan. Together they made many memories and enjoyed vacations at Glenwood Springs and Mount Rushmore. They resided in Thornton, Colo., and Sidney, Neb., before their final move to Newton in 2008.
Dan loved the Lord and faithfully served Him. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after being baptized with his wife on Sept. 17, 1995, in Sidney, Neb. He served as an elder and received his temple recommend and endowment at the Kansas City Missouri Temple, with the help of his daughter Kristin, in 2014. He baptized his daughter-in-law, Emily, at the Bear Creek Ward in Denver in 2020. His last calling was building representative. He cleaned the church every week and made sure it was maintained properly, until his diagnosis of cancer in 2022.
Dan loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. His children often turned to him for advice, and they say he gave the best hugs. He always encouraged his children to read their scriptures, pray and ask Heavenly Father when in need of help or comfort or when in pain and sorrow.
Dan departed this life on May 1, 2022, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and his sister, Star.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Daniel Nichols (Emily) of Winfield; daughter, Kristin Ludwig (Kyler) of Ceder Hills, Utah; two brothers, Russell Nichols (Debbie) and Michael Nichols, both of Denver, Colorado; five grandchildren, Nathanial, Tsar, Shah, Reina and Chancellor; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives, friends, and fellow members of the Newton ward.
A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the LDS Church in Newton.