April 18, 1926 – December 27, 2013
James “Jim” Nichols, of Pleasant Hill, passed away December 27, 2013 at the age of 87. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 3, 2014 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with entombment and military honors to follow at Merle Hay Mausoleum. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered as a humorous, kind and patient man who was a great storyteller. He enjoyed woodworking and the great outdoors, hunting, camping and fishing. Jim loved all types of music and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jim was a WWII Navy Veteran, a Teamster and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna; children, Kathleen Spooner, Theresa (Dave) Palmer, Tom Nichols and Patricia (Brad) Gillum; grandchildren, Jamie (Amanda) Gleason, DJ Palmer, Christina Palmer, Brad Gillum, Jr., Sarah Gillum and Katie Gillum; sister-in-law, Opal Nichols and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Frances Nichols; three siblings, son-in-law, Vern Spooner and granddaughter, Abagail Gillum.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, 4430 114th St., Urbandale, IA 50322Information provided by: Merle Hay Funeral Home 4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50310 www.meaningfulfunerals.net