James W. ‘Jim’ Nichols

James W. ‘Jim’ Nichols, age 76, of Quincy, died on Saturday, June 22, 2024 in his home. He was born on February 15, 1948 in Quincy the son of Merle and Elizabeth (Achilles) Nichols.
Jim was a 1966 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He married Barbara Smith on February 18, 1967. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2005.

Jim worked for Electric Wheel for 12 years. He then worked in Maintenance for the Quincy Public School System’s Bus Barn for many years until his retirement. He was of the Catholic Faith and had been active in the St. Mary Holy Name Society. Jim enjoyed bowling, shooting pool and woodworking. Along with his wife, he was co-owner of the Boot Kickers in Hannibal, MO and Adams County. For many years he participated in the ‘Ride for the Relay’ motorcycle run to raise funds for cancer research. Jim and Barbara were also foster parents in the Quincy area for many years.

Jim is survived by:
HIS CHILDREN: Jeff Nichols, Nancy Poellot (Dave), Tara Huseman (Randy), Jill Baker (Bruce), David Nichols (Jessica) and Kenny Nichols (Caren).
GRANDCHILDREN: Rachel, Alyssa, Anna and Carter; Nathanael (Kassandra), Ethan, Seth and Arianna; Alexis and Parker; Skye (Sid), Syrus, Sebastian and Stormie; and McKenna.
Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives also survive.

In addition to his wife, Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister Judy Scott.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12:00 noon until the time of the services at 1:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Palliative Care. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Deanna Rice Turmbaugh on June 24, 2024 at 6:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.

  2. Sarah Bonness on June 24, 2024 at 7:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man. I always enjoyed seeing him and catching up.

  3. Jason bauman on June 25, 2024 at 2:49 am

    Sorry for your loss

  4. Peggy Deverger on June 25, 2024 at 10:33 am

    I remember Jim from driving my son’s bus back in grade school- very nice and went out of his way to help you whenever you needed it. Sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a wonderful angel!

  5. Brenda Blickhan on June 25, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all. Jim was a good man and I enjoyed visiting with him.

  6. Carolyn Waterkotte on June 25, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers for all the family.

  7. Rosie Barnett on June 26, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    I have many memories of Jim during our dancing days. He was a sweet and kind man.

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