October 18, 1935 - February 9, 2022
Melvin Nickels, 86, Deshler, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Mercy Health Defiance Hospital. He was born on October 18, 1935, in Richfield Township, Henry County, Ohio, to Richard and Meta (Basselman) Nickels. He married Lavina Rohrs on September 29, 1956, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township. Lavina preceded him in death on August 31, 2021. Melvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a graduate of Deshler High School. Melvin worked at Koppenhofer Bros. Poultry and was also assistant manager at the Deshler Farmers Elevator. He was a realtor for New Concept Realty, Hamler, and was a former director of the Deshler Farmers Elevator. Melvin was a life-long farmer and in the winter months he worked for Merce Boiler and Welding at the Toledo Lake Erie Shipyard. Melvin was devoted to his family and loved being on the farm. He was always there for his family- always ready to lend a helping hand. Melvin enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winter months and in his later years, he loved fishing at the lake with his family. He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Deshler, Ohio, and was very active with various church positions. He is survived by sons, Steven (Christina) Nickels, David Nickels, Mark (Shirley) Nickels; daughter, Susan (Chet) Phillips, all of Deshler, Ohio. Grandchildren; Jessica (Jaret) Glenn, Adam Nickels, Karly (Eric) Yarnell, Samantha (Nathan) Andonian, Joshua Nickels, Kenny (Erin) Nickels, Mandi Nickels, Amber (Josh) Bilow, Bradley Phillips, Michelle Nickels, Melissa (Sean) Ward, Joseph Nickels, Rachel Nickels, great grandchildren, Evan, Easton & Olivia Bilow, Eli, Emersyn & Theodore Yarnell, and Savannah, Maddox & Evelyn Andonian; brother Eldon Nickels of McClure, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavina; grandson, Matthew Nickels and a brother, Norman Nickels. Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Sunday, February 13, 2022, from 1:00 Pm until 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, Deshler, on Monday, February 14, 2022, at 11:00 AM with an hour of visitation prior to services. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or a charity of your choice. Online messages and condolences may be shared with the family at rodenbergergray.com.
Melvin Nickels, 86, Deshler, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Mercy Health Defiance Hospital. He was born on October 18, 1935, in Richfield Township, Henry County, Ohio, to Richard and Meta (Basselman) Nickels. He married Lavina Rohrs... View Obituary & Service Information
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