Obituaries & Tributes

Milton Nichols

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Milton Nichols, loving father of two and grandfather of three, passed away at the age of 90.

Milton was born on July 14, 1929 in Booneville, Mississippi to William Taylor and Mittie Lee Nichols and was the youngest of their six children. Milton worked a variety of occupations, including the successful management of gas and service stations in the midwest. On March 13, 1954, he married Daisy Ruth Yarber. Together they lovingly raised one son, Timothy, and one daughter, Beverly. After the family made residences in various midwest cities, Milton finally made the family’s long-term home in Oregon in 1967.

With tremendous work ethic, Milton worked at the Nicolai Door Plant in Springfield shortly after arriving in Oregon. Following his decades of quality service and retirement in 1989, Milton immersed himself into his family. Day trips to the coast or eastern Oregon were not uncommon, and teaching his grandsons how to fish became a staple of outdoor activity in their youth. He also kept himself quite active with frequent walks through his neighborhood, where he would greet and converse with longtime neighbors and acquaintances. Following the passing of his wife Daisy, in October of 2003, Milton continued to focus on his family and his grandchildren in particular. 

As a Seventh-Day Adventist he often spoke of his Bible-based beliefs and hope for the future, effectively instilling a like-faith in his family members. He was fondly known for his mild-tempered personality, kind manner, and compassionate spirit. Most of all, he successfully raised a family he was proud of; one that shows affection, kindness, and respect to others in imitation of him.

Milton is survived by his only remaining sibling, his sister Mauvline Finley, son Timothy and daughter Beverly, and his three grandsons Christopher, Scotty and Brandon Freytag.

A graveside service will be held at Springfield Memorial Gardens on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend as Milton is laid to rest with his late wife, Daisy Ruth. 

For those unable to attend, condolences can be sent to the family at [email protected].

Services are in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. 



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