Howard F. Nickelson, 85, of Fulton passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Heisinger Bluffs in Jefferson City.

He was born in Stephens, Missouri on September 23, 1931, the son of the late Albert L. Nickelson and the late Jettie F. (Gowin) Nickelson.

On May 17, 1953, Howard was united in marriage to Trixie (McClellan) Nickelson.  She survives his passing.

Howard was a graduate of Fulton High School.  Making a vow to protect and serve, he spent the majority of his career in law enforcement, working as a Police Officer in Fulton and Mexico and serving as Marshall in Auxvasse.  Howard finished his career working as a Security Officer at Fulton State Hospital.  Howard and Trixie also owned Nickelson Home Improvement and Nickelson Home Rental in Fulton.  Howard was involved in the Auxvasse Lions Club and served as Chairman of the Lions Club 4-H Fair.  Howard was also an active member of the Fulton Breakfast Lions Club, serving as founding President and District Governor.  He was recognized for his dedication to the organization as recipient of the Melvin Jones Award.  For 40 years, he served as Board President of the Oak Chapel Cemetery Board. 

Those remaining to cherish his memory include his wife of 64 years, Trixie; sons, Dennis Nickelson (Nancy) of Jefferson City, and Ricky H. Nickelson (Paula) of Fulton; daughters, Maurita Buhl (Howard) of Edgerton, and Sharon Stites (Eddie) of St. James; sister, Freida Shackelford of Laurie; grandchildren, Clinton Nickelson (Kelly), Kristina Bernskoetter (Brian), Karen Gregory (Bryan), Ben Nickelson, Jacob Nickelson (Brittany Hager) and Noah Stites; and great-grandchildren, Trent, Julia and John Bernskoetter, Adeline and Zeke Nickelson, and Emma, Lily and Tucker Gregory.

Along with his parents, Howard was preceded in death by son, Raymond; and siblings, Velbert, Ruby and Clarence Nickelson, Yvonne Kidd, Juanita Williams, and Mary Haydol.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton with Chaplain Jim Mueller officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Oak Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Heisinger Bluffs Benevolent Fund, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251.

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STEVE Anderson

So sorry for you loss your father was a great man . He was one of the reasons I became an OFficer I had the great honor to work for him on the PD . HE always saw the good in everyone and always tried to help each and every one he came in contact with . PRAYERS for each one of you at this time.

 Posted July 28, 2017 - 4:18am
Matt and Cassie Santhuff

Much love to the whole family. He sounds like an amazing man and leader. Our prayers are with you.

 Posted July 27, 2017 - 9:39am
Charles & Marylin Fisher

So sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family.

 Posted July 27, 2017 - 9:22am
Joe & Doris Hackman

Howard or 'Nick' was a fine helpful gentleman and officer. Especially good with young fellows that needed to be pointed in the right way. Fond memories of 'Nick'. Sympathy and peace to His family.

 Posted July 26, 2017 - 9:37am
Mark Luetkemeyer

I am sorry for your loss.

 Posted July 25, 2017 - 9:41pm
Randy and Vicky Giboney

My condolences to the Nickelson family. Howard was a friend to my dad (Bill Rogers). Prayers for you all.

 Posted July 25, 2017 - 6:59pm
Bonnie McGee

Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear about you dad's passing. My sincere condolences to you & your family.

 Posted July 25, 2017 - 6:16pm
Pete Busalacki

I am sorry for your lost. I have known Howard and his children for most of my adult life. He was a man who put his family first and believed in the oath that he took.

 Posted July 25, 2017 - 2:55pm
George Birdsong

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Howard Nickelsin was a really great guy and I so much loved working with him at the Fulton Police Department. I learned so much from him while working under his supervision on his shift. I have so many good thoughts and memories of him thru the years.

 Posted July 24, 2017 - 10:43pm
Angie Fraser

We are so sad to hear of your loss. I have enjoyed hearing many stories from Sharon of this man. Our hearts are with you at this time.
Ron, Angie and Jessica Fraser

 Posted July 24, 2017 - 7:35pm

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