David (Dave) Nichols


Date: Sun, September 17, 2017
Start time: 12:00 pm
Jesse's Embers Restaurant
3301 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Arrangements By:
Brooks Funeral Care


David (Dave) Nichols

David Richard Nichols was born in Knoxville, Iowa on Oct. 21, 1961 to Donald and Vivian (Reardon) Nichols.  He was born with a full head of wavy red hair and huge dimples imbedded in chubby cheeks.  David was an adorable kid, but also had a devilish side to his personality.  None of this changed as he grew older, except the red hair didn’t make it to middle age.  He was the youngest of seven children and will be painfully missed by his siblings:Deb (Pete) Slater, Diane (Jay) Snyder, Dana (Greg) Amerling, Nic (Lana) Nichols, Denise Thyberg (Mark Critelli), Dan (Terri) Nichols

And his 17 nieces and nephews, who were bright lights in his life:Joe Spencer, Chris Slater, January Slater, Adam Slater, Channing Jack, Jordanne Holman, Justin Nichols, Chelsea Markle, Derek Snyder, Ben Nichols, Taylor Nichols, Caylen Hershey, Sam Nichols, Nick Snyder, Jessalynn Amerling, Greta Nichols, Max Nichols.

He was predeceased by his parents, nephew Jacob Amerling and his grandparents, Leo and Helen Reardon of Ottumwa and William and Fern Nichols of Knoxville.

David attended DM/WDM schools until the family moved to California in 1976.  He graduated from Monroe High School in Sepulveda, Calif., attended Jr. College in California and later completed his business degree with Upper Iowa University.  David worked for Amoco Oil as a helpdesk trainer and spent the last decade at Jesse’s Embers, most recently as their host.  He loved his Ember’s family and enjoyed the camaraderie of the small business environment.

Dave was a Huge Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.  He shared his love of sports with his brothers, nephews and friends.  He was a member of the same football fantasy league for 35 years.  He was known for always walking away from a poker night with heavy pockets. David was mostly a quiet person, unless he was revved up about a topic and then he was passionate, and loud.  He was no stranger to humor, was full of funny quips and had a great giggly laugh.

David died at home on Sept. 12th, 2017, from an apparent heart attack.  His family and friends have heavy hearts, as he left us much too early.

A celebration of life will be on Sunday, Sept 17th at Jesse’s Embers Restaurant (3301 Ingersoll Ave in Des Moines) from 12 to 3pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family or to a favorite charity in David’s name.

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