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Donald L. Nickich Sr.
November 24, 1929 December 20, 2009

 

Gates Donald, 80, died Sunday in Stayton. He was born in Northome, Minnesota where he grew up. Donald served in the US Navy in the Korean War. After the war, he moved to Oregon, living around the Willamette Valley. Donald moved to Ketchikan, AK. in 1974 and back to the Willamette Valley in 1986, settling in Gates 2 years ago. He worked as a Logger, and a roofing contractor for many years, then as a junior engineer on the Alaska State Ferry System. 

Donald was a member of the Living Water Church of God in Gates and a lifetime member of the VFW. He enjoyed prospecting, hunting and the outdoors. Donald married Peggy Bice on April 15, 2000 in Mill City.

He is survived by his wife Peggy of Gates; Children: James Francis of Medford, Clifford Francis of Banks, Karen Francis of Beaverton, Michael Nickich of Annapolis, Illinois, and Donald L. Nickich Jr. of Ketchikan, Alaska; step-children: Don Colvin, David Colvin, Mike Colvin, Ted Colvin and Leann Kent; Brother: Tony Nickich of Brainerd, Minnesota and  Sister: Emma Pettit of Brainerd, Minnesota; 47 Grandchildren; 54 Great-grandchildren,  and 8 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son: Wayne Francis in 2003. 

Graveside services will be Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Sheridan Masonic Cemetery in Sheridan. Serving the family North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


 


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