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Tadd Nichols

Tadd Nichols

INDEPENDENCE — Tadd Earnest Nichols, 70, of Independence, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

He was born Aug. 31, 1947, in Eldora to Horace and Velma Barnhart Nichols. On June 5, 1970, he married Barbara Kressley of Cedar Falls.

He graduated from the Iowa Falls High Schools in 1966. He attended UNI and graduated in 1970 with a BA degree in industrial technology. Tadd taught industrial technology at the Independence High School from 1970 to 1997. He taught night adult welding classes and was assistant wrestling coach for 21 years. Tadd was a member of the Indee Community Bible Church, where he taught Sunday school, worked with youth groups and also served as a church deacon and trustee.

Survived by: his wife; a son, Nathan of Sparta, N.C.; a twin brother, Tim (Marilyn) of Independence; a brother, Mark (Angie) of Fayetteville, Ark.; two sisters, Leila (Marvin) Bower of Pittsburg, Kan., and Mary (Peter) Mounifield of Rogers, Ark.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Aaron in infancy; and a daughter, Naomi (Mike) Mussman.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Indee Community Bible Church, 301 Second St. S.E., Independence. Visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the church.

Memorials: can be directed MDA Muscle Walk of Waterloo, 3925 Fountains Blvd., Suite 100, Cedar Rapids 52411. Comment Team Tadd/ALS Research. Online donations can be made at

Condolences may be left at

Because he enjoyed helping others, his other interests and hobbies also were a way of sharing with others. He enjoyed canoeing, camping and fishing. Tadd was known as the neighborhood “Mr. Fix-it.” His sense of humor and courage followed him all the way through his fight with PLS and ALS.

the life of: Tadd Nichols (1947-2018)
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