Robert E. Nicholas, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Parkview Care Center, Osborne.
He was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Nebraska City, Neb., to George E. and Caroline M. (Ellis) Nicholas. He grew up in Omaha, Neb., and Englewood, Colo., and was a 1949 graduate of Englewood High School. He received his BME degree in music from the University of Colorado at Bolder and his MME degree in music from Fort Hays State College.
He married Faye Anne (Schirer) on June 7, 1958, in Newton. She preceded him in death May 15, 1982. He was the librarian at Victoria Grade School and Victoria High School from 1984 until he retired in 1994. He taught music at Jennings for one year, and he taught music and band at Monument for 14 years, then he taught music and band at Stockton for 17 years.
He was a member and played with the Hays Big Band, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Hays City Summer Band, the FHSU Brass Choir and was a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association. He was a volunteer with the FHSU High Plains Band Camp and Hays Public Library for over 20 years. He was a statistician for the Victoria High School Athletics Program.
Survivors include three daughters, Patty Nicholas, Hays, Cindy Grieve and husband, Philip, Osborne, and Kathryn Nicholas and Justin Thiessen, Lincoln, Neb.; a nephew, Kent Nicholas, Englewood; three grandchildren, Tiffany Krier and husband, Adam, Dillon Grieve and wife, Meagan and Chelsea Dowell and husband, Brandon; six great-grandchildren, Gage Robinson, Alexis Krier, Natalie Krier, Sara Grieve, Allison Grieve and Mason Grieve.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward James “Jim” Nicholas; two sisters, Doris Nicholas and Ruth Nicholas; and a nephew, James Edward “Eddie” Nicholas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Stockton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State University Department of Music and Theater.
Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.
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