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James “Jim” Darren Nichols, age 53, of Parker, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at his home.
Jim was born May 18, 1962, in Ottawa, Kan., the second child of five born to Jack and Donnie Mae (Schmoe) Nichols. He grew up in Richmond, Kan., where he attended grade school and Central Heights High School.
Jim was united in marriage to Penny Criqui; the marriage later ended in divorce.
Jim was the proud father of three daughters Toni, Ashlee and Kylee.
On May 29, 1998, Jim was united in marriage to Carol Ann Coureton in Mound City, Kan. They made their home in Parker, Kan.
In the early 1980s Jim moved to Ottawa, Kan., where he was employed by Main Street Refinishing. He worked there for more than 20 years. He later went to work for Estes Casket Company in Osawatomie, Kan., for over five years until the company closed its doors. He then went to work for M.A.E. Resources working as a pumper in the oil fields.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Lance Nichols; and one sister Teresa Kennedy.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; three daughters Toni (Chris) Wells of Pomona, Kan., Ashlee Nichols of Parker, Kan., and Kylee (Jake) Wilson of Paola, Kan.; two stepsons Bryan (Anne) Fultz of Overland Park, Kan., and Brock Fultz of Fort Scott, Kan.; one sister Kim Powell of Princeton, Kan.; and one brother Justin Nichols of Richmond, Kan.; ten grandchildren; along with many other family members and a lifetime of friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6–8 p.m. Services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, all at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home with burial following at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Kan. Memorials: Jim Nichols Memorial Fund may be sent in care of Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home, P.O. Box 430, Osawatomie, KS 66064.

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