Pastor Robert Nickel age 71, of Wellington, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.
Bob was born May 20, 1946 in Goessel, Kan., to Frank and Eva Nickel. Bob graduated from Central High School, Springfield, Mo., and Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, Mo., with a bachelors degree in Pastoral and Biblical Studies.
Bob pastored several churches in Southwest Missouri and Central Kansas for the last 55 years, he was the founding Pastor at Grace Calvary Fellowhip in Wellington, and Mission Director of Grace To Ukarine Mission.
His passion was serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in many ministries, including Grace To Ukraine, the Salvation Army, and prison and nursing home ministries. He loved to sing, laugh, and build relationships with people. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Nickel; three children, Dan Nickel, Chicago, Ill., Debbie Holden and husband Jay, Branson, Mo., Ted Nickel and wife Lorie, Springfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Ethan Holden and wife Rachel, Konrad Holden and wife Ashley, Hannah Holden, Henry Holden, Jaykob Nickel, Madison Nickel, Elise Nickel, Brayden Nickel; five brothers, Charles Nickel, Jim Nickel, Steve Nickel, John Nickel, and Paul Nickel; one sister, Joyce Rempel; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, LeAnn Nickel; parents, Frank and Eva Nickel; one infant son, Timothy Nickel; and a brother, Jack Nickel.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with a visitation to follow. A memorial service will be will be Saturday, July 22, 1017 at 4 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church, 802 East 11th Street, Wellington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bob Nickel Memorial Fund c/o Grace Calvary fellowship, P.O. Box 493, Wellington, Kansas 67152.