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Steven Nichols

August 10, 1955 — July 2, 2023

Dunlap, Iowa

Steven Nichols


     Steven Wayne Nichols was born August 10, 1955, in    Moorhead, Iowa to Gertrude Ann (Mentzer) and Russell Wayne Nichols. He lived in Dunlap, Iowa in his youth and graduated from Dunlap Community High School in 1974. After graduation, Steve enlisted in the US Marine Corp at Camp Pendleton in California and served in Hawaii at the Marine Corp Base. On September 30, 1977, Steve was married to Karen Ann Torbensen in Moorhead, Iowa. In March of 1978, they welcomed their son, Austin Wayne. He worked several years at IBP in Denison, Iowa. They were later divorced but remained good friends. Steve then attended electronic school in St. Paul, Minnesota and afterwards moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked at Stapleton International Airport servicing aircraft. He then moved to Telluride, Colorado where he worked for the lift and maintenance crew at Telluride Ski Resort for 23 ½ years. While Steve was living in Norwood, Colorado he was very active in team roping with good friends and won three trophy saddles. Steve retired from the ski resort and moved to St. George, Utah where he pursued helicopter training and drove truck. He moved back to Dunlap in the spring of 2019 and worked at Bonsall TV & Appliance.          

     Steve’s hobbies included motorcycles, golf and fishing. He also enjoyed helping family and friends when they needed help.

     Steve passed away at his home after a long battle with  cancer, on Sunday, July 2, 2023, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 23 days.         

     Steve was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia Ann. He is survived by his son, Austin (Leilani) Nichols of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren, Anthony Michael Pacheco and Maliyah Rose Nichols; siblings, Russell Alan Nichols of Dunlap, Iowa, Kevin Eugene Nichols of Dunlap, Iowa, Lori Ann (Robert) Brummer of Denison, Iowa and Karen Kay (Delbert) Schmidt of Denison, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.



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Past Services


Friday, July 7, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Fouts Funeral Home- Dunlap

500 Court St, Dunlap, IA 51529

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 8, 2023

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Dunlap United Methodist Church

701 Eaton St., Dunlap, IA 51529

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