Alvin Lee Nichols, 92, of Fairmount, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at his home.
Per his wishes, graveside services will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 12, at Spring Hill Cemetery with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating and military honors by American Legion Post 210.
Alvin was born on May 4, 1924, in Stylesville, Ind., to Lee and Ollie Mae Nichols.
He attended Indiana schools and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 3, 1941, where he served all four years of WWII as an aircraft gun crew member aboard the USS Colorado battleship. Alvin earned two Purple Hearts for his participation in all 10 major invasions in the Pacific and his participation in the Tokyo Bay surrender.
Upon his return from the war, Alvin worked at Lauhoff Grain Co. for over 40 years until retiring in 1986. In his free time, he enjoyed oil painting, collecting fossils and Indian artifiacts, and flower gardening.
Alvin married Wilma Lou Holloway. She preceded him in death in 1971.
He is survived by three daughters, a son, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alvin's parents, wife, and a son Terry preceded him in death.
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Published on  January 10, 2017