He was born June 8, 1925, to Charles Ernest and Alice Cedola (Mackey) Nichols in Warsaw. He was a lifetime resident of Warsaw.
Donald was a 1943 graduate of Warsaw High School. He received the Gold Football Award as MVP in 1942 and was All-State in track and field in 1943.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 10th Armored Division, 21st Tank Battalion as a Machine Gunner, from 1943 to 1946 in Ardennes, Rhineland Central Europe obtaining the rake of Staff Sergeant. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1950 to 1969 obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant.
He was united in marriage to Sally Ann McConnell on Nov. 27, 1949, in Warsaw. He was Owner of Nick and Joes TV Sales and Service in Warsaw from 1949 to 1987.
He attended the United Methodist Church, Warsaw. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 49 where he served as Past Commander and Honor Guard member. He was a recipient of The Order of Kosciusko in 2010 for significant contribution to his Country, Community and veteran’s service organizations. Other memberships included the VFW Post # 1126 and 40 & 8, all of Warsaw. He was longtime blood donor with the American Red Cross.
Donald is survived by his wife: Sally Nichols, Warsaw; his daughters: Karen Nye, LaPorte, Ind.; and Lynne Christiansen, Warsaw; a son: Stephen Nichols, Warsaw; two grandchildren: Brett (Courtney) McDonald, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Nathan Nye, South Bend, Ind.; and two great-grandchildren: Mekare and Marik Nye.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, in the funeral home. Pastor Toni Carmer and Ken Locke will officiate the services. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, with Military Honors rendered by American Legion Post #49, VFW Post #1126 and the Indiana ARNG.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Red Cross, 302 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN 46580; American Legion Post #49,301 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN 46580; or a charity of one’s choice.
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