Mr. Ronald L. Nickell, 65, Rochester, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at his residence.
On Oct. 1, 1955, Ronald Lee was born in Rochester to Harvey and Vandetta P. Melton Nickell. Growing up, he shared his childhood with an older brother, Richard. Ron was a member of the Rochester High School Class of 1974.
Answering the call of patriotism, Ron served his country with the United States Navy. During his stint with the Navy, he was a crew member of the USS Enterprise and the USS Ranger.
On Aug. 11, 1983, Ron married the love of his life, Miss Tina Renee Refitt, in Rochester. They shared 37 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced beautiful two daughters, Melissa and Alisha. Two more generations have been added to the family tree with the blessings of seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Sadly, Tina passed away on Sept. 2, 2020.
With a strong work ethic, Ron worked in the RV home industry for nearly four decades. He worked for Greyhound Luxury Bus. More recently, Ron worked for Fairmont/Gulf Stream Coach where he earned a perfect attendance award for his dedicated service of 10 continuous years.
Left to cherish the memory of Ron are two daughters, Melissa Lett and husband Eric, Rochester, and Alisha Miller and husband Justin, Lafayette; seven grandchildren, Alexis Nolen, Owen Lett, Jordan Lett, Kelton Lett, Arianna McKee, Layney Miller and Caiden Miller, a great-grandson, Kingston Allen Laird; several nieces and nephews; and his treasured feline companions, Winston and Boomer, the orange tabbies.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; wife Tina; brother Richard “Rick” Nickell; and son-in-law Travis Nolen.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Ronald L. Nickell will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Mike Van Heyningen will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.