DONALD DAVID NICOL was born on April 20, 1914, one of twelve children born to Albert J. Nicol and Anna Marie Martinson in Milford, Iowa. He was raised on a prosperous corn farm, but he must have realized early on that it was hard physical labor, and opted for the opportunities which a university education would present. He was a Sigma Nu at the University of Iowa, and in the process of completing his degree, he met Mildred Sapp (Midge), whom he married in 1938. In 1941, leaving a three year old son and his wife, he went off to war, serving as a Captain in the 20th Air Command based in the South Pacific, including two years on Tinian Island.
Dad’s career was insurance, and upon retirement he had completed 35 years with Lincoln National Life, but he excelled as a husband, father, mentor, Baptist, gardener, and all around home-handyman. He did not allow himself time for hobbies, instead dedicating himself to providing for his family, and instilling in his four children (David, Susan, Nancy and Julie) integrity, economy, and appreciation for a job well done. Midge showed her love and dedication to him until the end, accompanying him in his battle with Alzheimer’s with grace and patience. He died on August 29, 1996.
You are forever in my heart!
I Love You So,