John Nichols, 82, was born in Virginia to Harry and Hope Nichols, and married Grace Munson Nichols in 1960. He is survived by Grace, their 3 sons Michael (Chris), Scott, and John (Carol), 5 grandchildren Crystal, Trenton, Cameron, Trevor and Colin, great-grandchild Conner, many nieces and nephews, 4 sisters-in-law, Irene Rouse (Bill), Winnie Preusser, Betty Jeavons (Harry), Mary Lou Woodruff (Gene). He was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Hogshire (Happy), brother-in-law Mike Preusser, and two nephews.
John served in the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He graduated from Norfolk Academy, Hamden-Sydney College, University of Virginia, and Washington University. He came to St. Charles in 1969 to teach math at Lindenwood College where he served for 25 years, in many capacities and was beloved by his students. Beyond his official role as a professional teacher, John patiently mentored and taught everyone, young or old, who came to him with a desire to learn.
He was elected St. Charles County Auditor, and attended the 1976 Democratic National Convention as a delegate, worked in the computer room at Jaycee Fairgrounds Village, was Treasurer of Crescendo Concert, Pres. of SCENE, and Treasurer of St. Charles County Historical Society for 25 years. John was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church as a Lay reader, choir member, and Men’s Club President. John loved to engage others with his opinions, ideas, and beliefs, while usually managing to have people like him no matter what.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or St. Charles County Historical Society.