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Butler Cemetery
Custer County, Oklahoma

© Cheyenne Star
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Leonard Leroy Nichols

October 9, 1878 ~ December 25, 1958

Mr. Leonard Leroy Nichols of St. Paul, Minnesota died in St. Paul on December 25, 1958, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 15 days.

He was born on October 9, 1878 at Ceves, Morgan County, Illinois.

His last illness began with a coronary attack on October 3, 1958, and his condition grew progressively worse until death came to him in his home on Christmas morning at 8:33 a.m.

A funeral service was held in St. Paul on December 26, 1958 at 8:00 p.m. and was conducted by his son-in-law, the Rev. G. Ronald Wells, pastor of the Asbury Methodist Church, St. Paul.

Another service was held at the Methodist church at Butler, Oklahoma on Monday, December 29, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Baxa, local pastor, conducted the services with the Rev. John Paul Jones, pastor of the Methodist church of Cheyenne delivering the sermon. Interment was in the Butler cemetery, Butler, Custer County, Oklahoma.

Members of the local Masonic Lodge of Butler served as pallbearers. They are L. E. McKowan, Chick Walker, L. D. Kiker, Lawrence Hodge, Bill McAfee and Herman Phillips.

Mr. Nichols was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Havre, Montana

His last place of employment which concluded 27 years of service with the Great Northern Railroad.

He also was a member of the York Rite of the Shrine.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Anna; his daughters, Mrs. G. Ronald {Grethel} Wells, St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Edward {Lucille} Schaefer, Kinsey, Montana; sons, Keaton G. Nichols, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Robert B. Nichols, La Puente, California; fifteen grandchildren; his sister, Mrs. Jodie S. Moad, Cheyenne, Oklahoma; aunts, Mrs. Robert {Ella} Nichols of Clinton, Oklahoma; Mrs. Justin Scott, Scottville, Illinois; as well as other relatives and numerous friends.

Mr. Nichols settled on a claim 12 miles northwest of Hammon, about 1900. He and his family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1916. 

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