2016-11-10 / Obituaries

Delbert ‘Del’ Nickel


Delbert Nickel Delbert Nickel Delbert “Del” B. Nickel, 74, of South Haven, died Friday, November 4, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born January 16, 1942, to Ben and Ida (nee Weiss) Nickel in Moran.

Mr. Nickel was graduated from Northern Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

He married Judith Beck August 4, 1962, at First Lutheran Church in Iron River.

Mr. Nickel taught high school industrial arts for two years. He then worked for Consumers Power, from 1966 to 2000, from which he retired after 35 years of service. While employed with Consumers Power, he worked in human resources and customer service.

He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Haven.

In his younger years, Mr. Nickel enjoyed playing softball. He also enjoyed the process of making, sharing, and consuming wine. He enjoyed fishing, and even made his own fishing equipment. He loved to camp, and also take care of his yard.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Nickel; two sons and their families, Greg Nickel and Tina Marshall of Lamont and Tony and Lori Nickel of Lonsdale, Minnesota; a daughter and her family, Kristina Nickel and Scott Brown of Grayslake, Illinois; five grandchildren, Joshua, Justine, Cody, Andrew, and Allison, and two great-grandchildren, Calix and Sage. He is also survived by a brother and his family, Gary and Kathy Nickel of Nashville, Michigan; a sister and her family, Elaine VanLaanen of Hastings; a brother-in-law and his family, Duane Gamble of St. Ignace, and his wife’s sisters and brother.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Nickel was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Gamble, and a brother-in-law, Ward VanLaanen.

A memorial service was held Monday, November 7, at 11 a.m. at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Haven with Pastor Travis Wilson officiating. Visitation was Sunday, November 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Harbor House Ministries, Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, or Family Circle Hospice.

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