Jerry “The Old Dog” Nichols, age 85, of Helena passed away October 27, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born November 27, 1931 in Rochester, MN. After graduating from High School he proudly served 4 years in the US Navy during the Korean War. In 1951 he married Mary Runkel; they recently celebrated 66 wonderful years together.
After discharge from the Navy Jerry played semi-professional hockey for the Rochester Mustangs until age 36. He was a union plumber in Rochester and worked for H. Dornack for many years. Being an avid outdoorsman and loving Montana, Jerry moved his family to Townsend in 1972 and started his own business, Tri County Plumbing, which later became Tri-County Mechanical and Electrical.
Jerry was an avid golfer, but his greatest joy was being a father to 7 children. Upon retirement, Jerry and Mary traveled to Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Hawaii, Bahamas, and France, until becoming snowbirds to Sun City West, AZ.
Jerry was preceded in death by: his infant brother, Daniel; parents, Theodore and Dorothy Nichols; son, Mike Nicholsl; and grandson, Nathan Nichols. He is survived by: his wife, Mary; children, Dan (Colleen) Nichols, Lynn (Gene) Nelson, Susan (Jerry) Anderson, Pat (Doug) Stewart, Julie (Brad) Sanders and Tom Nichols (Patty Mitchell), all of Helena; sister, Sharon Simone (Lemont, IL); 12 grandchildren; Don, Jessi, Riki, Brooke, Zach, Nick, Luke, Tessa, Dani, Andy, Cody, and Caitlyn; and 7 great grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd at the St. Mary Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Avenue. A reception will immediately follow the Mass at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home Reception Hall, 3750 N. Montana Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice of St. Peter’s Hospital c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Jerry.
RIP Old Dog!