Kenneth P. “Nick” Nichols, 88, a longtime resident of Orange, passed away Friday, Feb. 8. Born in Superior, Wi. the youngest of 13, he served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1948 in both theaters and as a Navy reservist, served during the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1953. He was employed by DuPont S.R.W. from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene and the V.F.W. Post.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings; the mother of his son, Edna Horton; his wife of 32 years, Frances Sanford Nichols; step-son Edward Nichols, and step-daughter, Lisa Sanford Costilla.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth Stephen Nichols; step-daughter, Frances (Ron) Nichols Perea, all of Orange; step-son, Mark (Julie) Sanford of Mauriceville and their daughter Megan (Chris) and her two children of Vidor; Lisa’s husband Raymond Costilla of Orange; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Monday, Feb. 11, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Services will be held at Orange First Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Ray McDowell officiating. Entombment will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage Sunday School class at the Orange First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 MLK Jr. Dr., Orange, TX 77632.

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