Sunday, November 29, 2020


November 13, 2020

   LAKE GEORGE - Gerald Lee Nichols, 83, departed this planet on Friday, November 13th, from his favorite place, his cabin on Lake George near Rhinelander. Gerry was born in Sparta, Wisconsin to Edward and Maurine (Reed) Nichols. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Korean War. He followed his military service by graduating from UW-LaCrosse with a degree in biology. Although he pursued coursework for his master’s in urban planning, he spent his career serving the state of Wisconsin through the Department of Corrections. He further served his community as a trustee for the Village of Ashwaubenon for 12 years and for the board of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for 11 years.

   Gerry was proud of the family he created with Carol, his wife of 53 years. They raised their daughters in Ashwaubenon, where they have lived for over 40 years, with much of their summers spent up north on Lake George. There, he taught them how to trap crayfish, spot a Hodag, and shoot a pellet gun. Gerry was most content when in nature - be it hunting with his oldest friends, fishing, or trap shooting. He also enjoyed just sitting and listening to the world around him. He was always ready to share a story, or five, over a drink (in his younger years, beer, and later years coffee), and he never could find his damn jack-knife.

   He is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughters, Erin (Kevin) Nichols Matkaiti and Meegan (Michael) Kaster; his grandchildren, Sullivan and Finnegan Kaster and Evelyn and Pierce Matkaiti; his brother, Thomas Nichols; his sister-in-law, Bonnie (Harold) Peterson; his brothers-in-law, Herman Ripp, Bill Harrie, and David (Jana) Ripp; along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Maurine Nichols; his half brother, Sam Nichols; his mother and father-in-law, Ella and Herman Ripp; niece, Jennifer Ripp; and sisters-in-law, Beverly Nichols, Carol Lee Ripp, and Rita Harrie.

   The family will greet relatives and friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 1, 2020 at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay

   Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared with the family on his tribute page at

Lyndahl Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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