William L. Nicholas, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021, at the age of 89, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 9, 1931, in Manton, Michigan, to Rose and Lloyd Nicholas.
Bill grew up in Cadillac, Michigan, and was the oldest of five siblings; Jim, Jerry, Robert (Deceased), Pat (Deceased).
He enlisted in the Army, serving from February 7, 1950, through February 9, 1953. He endured the hardships of the Korean Conflict, and was awarded the following: Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army of Occupation with the Germany clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, United Nations Service Medal.
Bill retired from General Motors after 40+ years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, bowling, and spending time outdoors. He was a generous man who enjoyed helping others. He loved his family and was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be missed greatly by all.
His surviving children include: Deb (Lou) Wieber of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Pam (Gary) Steffy of Grand Ledge, Michigan, and Kevin (Carole) Nicholas of Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
His surviving grandchildren include: Bear (Tori) Steffy, Jamie (Peter) Tornga, William Nicholas, and Alex (Brantley) Nicholas.
His surviving great-grandchildren include: Owen Tornga, Landon Tornga, Colton Tornga, and Hudson Tornga.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Morley S. Oates Post #701 VFW, 123 North Rosemary Street, Lansing, MI 48917.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Morley S. Oates Post #701 VFW.
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