MANKATO - Carney "Corky" Nichols, age 63, of Mankato, died on Friday, June 6, 2008, at his home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jack Dahl officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, June 9, from 5-9 p.m. at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Corky was born on Jan. 5, 1945, in Randall, Minn., to John and Arabella Nichols. He graduated from Brainerd High School. Right out of high school Corky moved to Mankato and worked for the cable company for 37 years. He owned the Eagle Lake Drive-In for five years. Corky was the kitchen manager and head chef at the Moose Lodge. He also worked at the VFW 950 and Legion Post No. 11. Corky coached T-Ball and Little League and was a leader for Cub Scouts. Corky loved fishing, spending time with grandchildren, helping other people, and his biggest love of all, cooking.
He was a loving father to his children and a very loving grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Marie, of Mankato; children, Dawn (Tom) Tacik, of Crane Lake, Steve (Missy) Berg, of Grand Rapids, Brian Nichols (Nancilyn Meyer), of St. Peter, Tami (Brian) Cline, of Garden City, Greg Nichols (Andrea Perrett), of Naples, Fla., and Stacy (Cindy) Schultz, of Mankato; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Leora Schultz, of Medina, Inez Shultz, of Little Falls, Yvonne (Dick) Root, of Garrison, Carol (Don) Hanson, of Brainerd, and Norma (Calvin) Gilson, of Fort Ripley; sister-in-law, Sharon Simonson, of Nisswa; brother-in-law, Ronnie DeRoiser, of St. Mathias; brothers and sisters in-law, Harold (Ruth) Jacobson, of Amboy, Harvey (Jodi) Jacobson, of Lake Crystal, Mary (Keith) Johnson, of Lake Crystal, Marilyn (Jamey) Sweet, of Blaine, Millie (Merlin) Swalve, of Lake Crystal, and Hayden (Deanie) Jacobson, of Lake Crystal; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; one brother; father and mother-in-law; one nephew; and one brother-in-law.
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