March 29, 1999
Mr. Nicholas was born July 10, 1915, in Lake Linden, Michigan, to Alfred and Mabel (Pearce) Nicholas. He was the second of three sons. When he was five, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa, then later to Spokane, Washington, and eventually in 1929 to Woodinville.
Mr. Nicholas graduated from Bothell High School and worked in the family-owned Hollywood Greenhouses. On Sept. 7, 1941, he married Marilyn Williams. The couple continued to live in Woodinville for many years and raised three children.
Most of that time, Mr. Nicholas worked as a carpenter. Some of the houses he built with his dad and his brother, Tom, still stand as memorials of that period of his life. Later, he used his carpentry skills as a maintenance person for Northshore School District and in retirement, he helped remodel areas in the Woodinville Methodist Church building. He also helped many others with their building and remodeling projects and created decorative items like windmills and wooden tulips for his family and friends.
In 1990, with children raised and high-rise apartments encroaching on the family home, Irving and Marilyn moved to Wandering Creek Senior Park in Bothell. Mr. Nicholas was a member of Woodinville Community United Methodist Church and the Carpenters' Union, Local 131. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Air Force AWS observer and in the 1950s as a volunteer fireman for the Bothell Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, at the family home; his sons, Gary and wife Lois of Issaquah and Alan and wife Sue of Bothell; a daughter, Margie Everman of Ocean Shores; a brother, Russell and wife Eleanor of Bothell, and eight grandchildren, Ben, Chelsea, Tiffany, Amy, Andy, Nicole, Michelle, and Eric plus a myriad of other beloved family members and friends who all echo grandson Ben's statement, "I love you, Grandpa."
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodinville Community United Methodist Church.