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Richard Henry 'Dick' Nicol


January 11, 2018

Richard Henry "Dick" Nicol was born on May 5, 1931 to Bud and Pauline Nicol in Glasgow, Mont. He was raised in the surrounding area of Nashua, Mont., on the family ranch with his seven brothers and sisters until he went into the Army in 1954.

Dick went to Western Montana to visit his best friend, Dick Vinson, which he met in the Army. He loved it; he was amazed snow would gather on fence posts and stay, that didn't happen in Eastern Montana. While there, he logged and worked at the saw mill.

In 1971, he met the love of his life, Susie Charlo, in Perma, Montana, where they owned and operated the Perma Bar. Dick and Sue eventually sold the bar and with their daughter, Bobbie Jo, moved to Trout Creek, Mont. He has lived in different areas such as 9-Mile, Mont., Paisley, Ore., and Fort St. John, B.C., but he settled and loved Clayton, Idaho. He worked at Yellow Jacket and Thompson Creek Mine until he retired.

Throughout his life he worked as a rancher, cowboy, logger, miner, welder, and a pick-up man but nothing meant more to him than spending time with his family and friends. He always had a good story or two to tell. He loved nothing more than visiting with his friends at the fish fry parties that he held twice a year that many people attended. Dick loved to fish, and what he caught he shared. Throughout the years, he enjoyed taking his friends to Chinook, Wash., where they met up with his brother Jim, sister-in-law Kathy, and nephew Jimmie, and fished for sturgeon, tuna, bass, and halibut.

Dick loved to putter around in the garden and it showed. When people would visit they always left with a basket of something Dick had grown or canned with Susie. He adored his daughter and grandchildren and spent a lot of time with all of them. He endured pedicures, manicures, barber shop makeovers, checkers, connect four, pitch and endless games of cribbage. We loved and adored him more!

Dick passed away peacefully in his home in Clayton on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the age of 86 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his adoring wife Susie; daughter Bobbie Jo (Buck) Palmer; grandchildren Michelle Wright (Marcus), Amber Tonnancour, Sidney Palmer, Shelton Palmer; great grandchildren Kenlei Palmer, Annabel Lee, Payton Jay Gandee; brothers and sisters Earl (Sandy), Pete, Phyllis, Swede, Louella, Jim (Kathy); numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents Bud and Pauline; sister Mary Ann; beloved nephew Barney Bunot.

Dick left behind a huge legacy of memories that we will love and cherish forever.

A celebration of life with military honors was held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Clayton Legion Hall. Stories were shared as a great man was remembered.

Memorial donations can be made to the Clayton Rural Fire Department or the Clayton Cemetery in his name. Thank you.

Arrangements were made by Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon,


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