NORTH NEWTON—Jerry Dean Nickel was born at Axtell Hospital on May 6, 1937, to Gerhard and Alice (Reimer) Nickel. He grew up on a farm near Elbing. He attended Elbing Elementary and then Foster, a one-room schoolhouse. He and his extended family attended Grace Hill Church, where he was baptized.
He went to Newton High School where he played basketball for John Ravenscroft, then spent one year at East Texas State on a full ride for basketball. He finished his degree at Bethel College. While there, he met Marlis Doell and they were married in 1960.
He worked in Indianapolis in therapeutic activities. He taught school and coached in Wichita, Goessel and other area high schools. He took over the farming in 1977 on the home place. He had a variety of sales jobs later in life.
He attended Grace Community Church in Newton where he was active in serving with the hospitality team and the children’s programs and mission trips to the children’s home in Mexico.
He lived Kidron Bethel for the past 15 years where he will be remembered for always treating the staff well and having a good sense of humor and a teasing joke. He died of complications of Parkinson’s on Oct. 21.
He is survived by his daughters, Marcia Zuercher (Bernie), Linda Schroeder (Matt), and Lisa Nickel; his siblings, Liz Miller and Jim Nickel (Leanne); grandchildren Tyler (Shelby) Schroeder, Tori (Brandon) Young, Trent Schroeder, Micaela Zuercher, Garrett Zuercher and four great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Levi, and Braden Schroeder and Becca Young. Preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Carlee Schroeder.
Graveside and inurnment services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Grace Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Whitewater.
Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Grace Community Church in Newton.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening (Oct. 29) between 6-8 p.m., in the Fireside Room of Grace Community Church.
A memorial has been established with an Amigo Scholarship for Children’s Haven International and also to Newton Bible Church School. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Kan., 67114.
There will not be a viewing as cremation has taken place.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.