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Terry Ross Nichols, age 72, of Elk City, OK, passed from this earth on March 19, 2015, with his family by his side. Terry, a well-known Western Oklahoma rancher, was born to Elvin Dale “Nick” and Marjorie Blanche (Allen) Nichols on January 2, 1943, in Leedey, OK. They were members of the United Methodist Church there. Terry attended Kindergarten through High School at Leedey Schools, where he graduated in 1961. Terry completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1966. During his college years Terry served in the Reserve Training Corps. as an enlisted E-2. He remained in the reserves until January 23, 1969, when he was honorably discharged. On April 13, 1981, Terry married Doneta Harrel Nichols in Las Vegas, NV. Terry and Doneta made their home in Elk City with their six children: Kallen, Quintin, Tony, Dee Dawn, Brett and Brock. Terry and Doneta operated their family ranch and many other businesses together throughout the years. But Terry’s true joy came from spending time with Doneta, his children, and grandchildren. Terry was a long-time member of several organizations and clubs including Sigma Tau Gamma, the Masons, NRA, Cattlemen’s Association, USGA, and the Elk City Golf and Country Club. Terry attended Grandview Assembly of God in Elk City and Harvest Fellowship in Leedey. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Marjorie Nichols and sister, Laketa Nichols. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Doneta Nichols; his children, Kallen Nichols of Elk City, OK, Quintin Nichols and wife DeLisa of Tecumseh, OK, Tony Kauk and wife Rhonda of Yukon, OK, Dee Dawn Graham and husband David of Edmond, OK, Brett Nichols and wife Marcy of San Antonio, TX and Brock Kauk and wife Jenny of Elk City, OK; 15 grandchildren; 1 aunt, Jean Allen of Skellytown, TX; numerous cousins, other family and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the TGEN Foundation in the name of Terry Nichols. Donations may be mailed to 445 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. There will also be a memorial page in Terry’s name at www.helptgen.org, where donations can be made online. Doneta and the family want to thank all of our wonderful friends and family for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Services were held on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Grandview Assembly of God Church, Elk City, Oklahoma with burial following in Trail Cemetery, Leedey, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Leedey
Published on  March 26, 2015
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