Lod Wick Nichols, 97, of Cedar Rapids went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, July 31st 2019. Funeral services will be held Saturday August 3rd at 1:00pm at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be held Friday, August 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories Stateroom.
Lod is survived by two daughters Diane (Ward) Utterback of Reedsburg, Wisconsin and Penny Wetzel of Cedar Rapids. Five grandchildren, Melanie (Mike) Fortin, Melinda Kadera, Melissa (Chris) Stumpff all of Cedar Rapids; James Utterback of Madison, Wisconsin and Michael Utterback of Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Four great-grandchildren, Ella and Eli Fortin and Stella and Jackson Stumpff. And a sister Dorothy Jean Louden of Birmingham, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Margaret of 65 years, their son Orville C. Nichols, two grandsons Dennis Kadera and Evan Wetzel, his parents and brother R.C. Nichols.
Lod was born April 18th 1922, in Columbia, Missouri to Lod Sr. and Daisy (Campbell) Nichols. He was united in marriage to Margaret Knoll on December 26, 1948, in Webster City, Iowa.
Lod was hardworking, after he retired as a Diesel Mechanic from Farmstead (formerly Wilsons) in 1984 he remained active by maintaining the grounds of several local businesses and assisting others with yard work. He would often collect walnuts, shuck them and hand them out to family and friends. Lod enjoyed spending time with his family, reading the Bible, watching football, hunting and fishing. He was well known for handing out candy and dollar bills to children he met. Lod recently moved to Garnett Place and enjoyed performing with their bell choir, the Ding-A-Lings.
Lod served in the U.S. Army during WWII. In 2011 he went to Washington D.C. with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
Memorials in Lod’s name may be directed to Eastview Christian Church, 727 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.