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Donald R Nickles
  • St. Rita's Hospice
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    Lima, OH 45801
  • Injuried Drivers Fund

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“thoughts and prayers for the family you will always be miss don R I H ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: James Morse - Lakeview, OH

“Mary Lou, Sorry, our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God hold you in his hands during this time of loss. ”
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“Our deepest sympathy Kathy and family. Our prayers are with you and your family. John and Linda Burklo. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: John Burklo - Hubert, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Anthony, Mandy & Joe Branson ”
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“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Anita Sellers McNeil ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Anita McNeil - Lima, OH

“So sorry for your loss, praying and thinking of your family during this difficult time. Prayers...... ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Fischer - Delphos, OH

“Our deepest condolences. From the Farler. Family from our hearts to yours. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Farler - Lima, OH

“So sorry to hear about Don's passing. I know that when he arrived in Heaven that not only his family members greeted him but the race family was...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa R Carter Wireman - OH

“Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family. Asking God to comfort and keep you all during this time. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Gwendolyn Scott - Lima, OH

“Spent a lot of racing time with Don and crews. Dean Raced with them, and Charlie was at the shop a lot. Loved the sense of humor, and that winning...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: AlVera Paxson - Scottsdale,, AZ

“Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss , sending prayers and love ”
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Donald R. Nickles age 76, of Lima passed away surrounded by his family 10:03 p.m., Oct. 31, 2016 at his residence. He was born Dec. 4, 1939 in Mousie, KY to the late Hubert and Lucy Wicker Nickles. He married Kathy A. Gossard Jan. 17, 1959 and she survives in Lima.
Don's whole life was focused around racing and he passed down that love to his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews. His greatest passion was sprint car racing with his brothers. His racing career began in 1959 when Don and his brothers built their first racecar from a 31 Chevy. This started the number 31 legacy throughout the family. Don & Harold owned and operated Nickles Bros. Racing and NBC Steering & Pumps shipping units worldwide. But his greatest love was for his wife of 57 years, his children, brothers, sisters and his racing family.
Additional survivors include 5 children: Karen (Mark) Knoch, Diana (Greg) Fowler, Cindy (Jim) Cochran, Saundra (Rob) Trent and Donald (Rhonda Chambers) Nickles; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 9 siblings: Hillard (Haley) Nickles, Harold (Judy) Nickles, Paul (Elouise) Nickles, Bethel (Judy) Nickles, Douglas (Shelia) Nickles, Bartee Nickles, Dallie (Lowell) Thomas, Goldie (Joe) Davis and Mary Lou (Larry) Rapp.
Don was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Ralph and James Nickles and a sister: Judy Belle Nickles.
The family will receive friends 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville and one hour prior to services Saturday.
The funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday Nov. 5 at the funeral home with Pastor Terry Brock, officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery, Westminster.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Rita's Hospice or the Injured Drivers Fund.