Obituary of Peter Nichols (1946 – 2021) – Nampa, ID
April 9, 1946 – October 29, 2021
Nampa, Idaho –
What a journey!
Pete Nichols was born April 9, 1946 and took to flight on October 29, 2021.
It is with joy (and more than a little earthly sorrow) that we celebrate that Pete (aka daddy, daddy, daddy and daddy) is safe at home with Jesus.
Born to Elmer and Ellen Nichols in Ephrata, Washington, Pete joined his older sister, Betty, and was followed by Patti. Soon after, the family moved to Meridian, Idaho, where his younger brother, Bob was born.
Pete met Sandy, “the one his soul loves”, when they were only 14 years old. After graduating from the Meridian class of 1964, many of their classmates remain lifelong friends.
Pete and Sandy married in May 1965 and were fortunate enough to spend 56 years together.
Pete always thought he would go to the University of Idaho and study engineering, but his little redhead had other plans; so he attended Boise Junior College and studied accounting. Later, Pete will say that God put him exactly where he needed to be. He had many jobs to help pay for his education, and it didn’t take long for him to start a family with Sandy. Shelley was born in 1966 and Shannon in 1968. Pete graduated from the University of Denver in June 1968, and they returned to Meridian for employment with Ernst & Ernst, CPA; less than a dollar in your pocket; and NO school debt!
In January 1971, Pete began working for Daum Industries, a shopping center developer. Meanwhile, two more children were added to the family: Jason in 1970 and Stacie in 1971.
Pete accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the parking lot of the Karcher Mall in the summer of 1972. Pete’s relationship with Jesus affected every part of the remaining years of his life. Pete strove daily to live out what he believed and asked God to transform him more and more into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 12: 1-2).
Thanks to a stroke of God’s providence, a move to Ontario, Oregon in January 1973 to become a partner in a small accounting firm failed, but resulted in a leap of faith and the birth of Nichols Accounting on January 1 1974. The next 21 years were spent in Ontario and were blessed, blessed and blessed even more as three more children joined the family: Josh in 1974, Stephanie in 1978 and Sherry in 1984. Pete’s Life and Sandy was in a season of growth: establishing deep and lasting friendships at the Nazarene Church of Ontario, a growing business that now included a partner and friend, Doug Lamm, and a maturing faith in Jesus Christ .
A move to Nampa in 1994 brought the family of the two grandparents closer together and opened up new opportunities for the growth of Nichols Accounting Group, starting with the addition of the Nampa office. These have been sweet years with their growing brood of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and God has blessed this season with many precious relationships at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene.
Relationships were important to Pete. He loved and appreciated those God placed in his life, starting with his wife and family and extending to his many friends in church, work, Bible study and a certain number of boards of directors and community organizations. Pete impressed everyone he met. He made friends easily, and he made new friends in all areas of his life.
Pete was a bit old-fashioned, a gentleman who cherished his wife and children, a romantic who always remembered the anniversary of his first date with Sandy. We all turned to him when we needed a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear.
Pete was athletic, loved to hunt and fish, and always pulled basket with his grandchildren. Family campsites were a favorite, filled with card games, laughs and quiet conversations.
The Bible Study Fellowship has been central to Pete’s growth as a Christian, and he has enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes for over 40 years.
A man of strong character, Pete was unpretentious, humble, helpful, loyal and generous with his time, talents and finances. We all appreciated his sense of humor, his awkward moments and his pranks.
Pete really lived! We rejoice that he is now more alive than we have ever seen him, living his best life, whole and completely free from glioblastoma. In recent months, Pete has chosen to trust God and live with dignity, never complaining and always giving glory to God.
Pete is survived by his wife, Sandy; children: Shelley (Byron) Tlucek, Shannon (Steve) McHargue, Jason (Shauna) Nichols, Stacie (Ben) Hurst, Josh Nichols, Stephanie (Kurt) Miller and Sherry (Dan) Harder; 28 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters: Betty McGrath and Patti Fellows; brother, Bob (Darla) Nichols; stepfather, Paul Warrick; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that donations be considered in memory of Pete for:
Maranatha Childrens Ministries, a ministry for orphan care and child education in Haiti led by the children of Pete, Byron and Shelley Tlucek. Checks made payable to Maranatha Childrens Ministries can be mailed to: Maranatha Children’s Ministries, c / o Nichols Accounting Group, 6075 E Hunt Ave, Nampa, ID 83687.
Northwest Nazarene University’s Pete Nichols Memorial Scholarship. Checks made payable to Northwest Nazarene University (point to the Pete Nichols Memorial Scholarship on the memo line) can be mailed to the NNU Office of University Advancement, 623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686.
Services will be held at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho on November 12 at 10:00 am. A dinner will follow. Interment will take place at Meridian Cemetery. Memories can be left with the family at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are entrusted to Accent Funeral Home and Cremation.
Posted by Idaho Statesman on November 7, 2021.