Steven K. “Steve” Nichols, 59, of Des Moines, formerly of Newton, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials to the Diabetes Research Center may be left at the funeral home.
Steve, the son of James Earl and Betty (Anderson) Nichols, was born Sept. 15, 1954, in Phoenix, Ariz. He grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1972. Steve attended college at Grandview and Iowa State University and later served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a self-employed flooring installer. Steve was united in marriage with Debra Kingery on May 28, 1993, in Newton. Shortly after they moved to Des Moines, where Steve was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #109 and the Eagle Riders. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Raiders and Cubs fan. Steve enjoyed riding his motorcycle, his dogs, fishing, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Those left to honor Steve memory are his wife, Debra Nichols of Des Moines; children, Jonathon (Cozette) Nichols of Newton and Jaime (Scott) Allspach of Newton; step-son, Brandon “B.J.” Mulder of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Jacob, Jackson, Claire, Scotty, Alexander, Kaitlyn and one more on the way; and his sister, Penny (Bob) Carlson of Hudson, Colo.