Thomas Ray Nicholas, 96, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Indianapolis.
Tom was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Raccoon, to Walter R. and Evia A. (Ruark) Nicholas.
He was employed with P R Mallory for 18 years as a corporate model maker.
He was a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge No. 317, First Christian Church in Bargersville and former member of the Olive Branch Christian Church.
He was a state champion gymnast in high school, training at the Southside Turner facility.
Tom enjoyed bowling, gardening and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Nicholas; four children, Jeannine (Jerry) Bristow of Bargersville, Sue A. (Don) Linzie, Richard Nicholas and Rhonda (Bob) Bleich, all of Indianapolis; a sister, Madonna Hall of Greenwood; 10 grand children; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Eva M. Nicholas and L. Margaret Nicholas; a daughter, Vickie Lyn Nicholas; and a sister, Gladys Sieves.
A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin Chapel, 197 E. Jefferson St. Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.
Information: 346-6155; www.jessenfuneralhome.com.