Larry Michael Nicholson, 75, Hays, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Nevada, Mo., to Lee and Nina (Potter) Nicholson. After graduating high school in Hoisington, he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

He married Celia Eveleigh on July 26, 1964, in Hoisington. He took his first job as a biochemistry professor at University of Missouri-Rolla before coming to Fort Hays State University, where he served on the faculty from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1988 to 2001.

He was a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association, Lions Club, Hays, Hoisington Masonic Lodge No. 331, Hoisington, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the American Chemical Society.

He enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; a son, Eric Nicholson and wife, Tracy, Ames, Iowa; a daughter, Jill Nicholson-Crotty and husband, Sean, Bloomington, Ind.; a brother, Bill and wife, Pattie, Hoisington; and four grandchildren, Jordan, Noah, Finn, and Iris.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Kay Nicholson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington; burial in Hoisington Cemetery.

Friends can call until 5 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, both at the funeral home. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to Dr. Larry and Celia Nicholson Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award in care of the Fort Hays State University Foundation or Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

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