HANNIBAL, NY – Earle Ben Nichols, 87, of Oswego, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon January 24, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.
He was born in Ilion, a son to the late, Caius and Dorothy (Zschunke) Nichols and resided in Oswego since 1975.
Ben was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Prior Stock Post 1552, Hannibal.
He worked at Remington Arms in Ilion for 15 years before moving to Fulton to work at Nestle’s until his retirement from there in 1984.
Ben then went to work for Wal-Mart in Oswego for 22 years until his retirement on December 31, 2013.
He enjoyed fishing and was an outdoorsman.
Ben was a member of the N.R.A. and the Pathfinder Sportmans Club.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Segerlind, who died in 2012.
Ben is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara (Smith) Nichols of Oswego; five children, Linda (David) Lawler of Delaware, Nancy (Bill) Lever of South Carolina, Barbara (Dale Fravor) Nichols of Fulton, Ann (Dan) Woodard of Scriba and David (Lori) Nichols of Oswego; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital c/o Foundation for Upstate Medical University, 750 East Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210-9943.
Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.