Randy “Squeak” Nichols, 55, of Colo passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 after a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Colo, Iowa on Friday, February 16, 2018. The funeral service in memory of Randy will be held at United Methodist Church of Colo, Iowa on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Burial in the Colo Cemetery and a luncheon at the United Methodist Church will immediately follow the funeral services.
Randy was born on August 10, 1962 to Earl D. and Sherril V. (French) Nichols in Nevada, Iowa. He was the youngest of four children. Randy has spent most of his life in the Ames, Iowa area. He attended both Colo and Ames High School.
Randy will be lovingly remembered by his wife Amy J. Shane-Nichols; their children Mindy J. Miller (Ryan), Joseph D. Nichols (Kari), and Margaret C. Burnette (Kenneth); and their grandchildren Kaiden, Brox, and Timber. He will also be remembered by his mother Sherril V. Nichols; his brothers and sisters Kenneth E. Nichols (Diane), David F. Nichols (Deb), and Kathern M. Lancaster (Jim) along with 6 nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.
Randy was preceded in death by his father Earl D. Nichols, his paternal grandparents Oscar D. and Ethel M. (Cheville) Nichols, and his maternal grandparents Kenneth L. and Esther V. (Apple) French.
Over the course of his career, Randy worked in many places, each for several years. As a teenager, he worked for Adam’s Cycles in the service department assembling and detailing motorcycles. Randy went on to work for Country Landscapes and then joined TECO. He started at Martin Marietta (Ames) in 1991 and later transferred to the Marshalltown sand plant where he operated a dredge. After 22 years of service, Randy departed Martin Marietta and found work at Con-Struct. He worked at Con-Struct as a heavy equipment operator until his diagnosis in mid-2017.
Randy, known by his friends as “Squeak”, formed many life-long friendships many of which were as strong as family bonds. He was extremely loyal and loved his friends beyond words. Randy enjoyed spending time with his friends which usually meant riding at full throttle and living life to its fullest; which of course always lead to great stories.
Anyone that knew Randy knows that riding, building, and working on bikes was a way of life for him. He started riding at age 8 and continued to ride for his entire life. Randy not only rode, but he also built several motorcycles over the course of his life including one very special bike built for his wife, Amy. He spent many hours working on motorcycles, building or troubleshooting mechanical issues. He was always there to help his friends work on their bikes, too. Randy passed his love for motorcycles on to many people including his children.
Randy loved outdoors activities such as mushroom hunting, camping, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. He also loved travelling. His adventures took him all over the United States (including Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, and the warm waters of the Caribbean (Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Belize, and Honduras).
Randy will forever be remembered for his contagious smile, his “bigger than life” personality, his strong love for his family and friends, and his kind heart.
Fredregill Funeral Home in Zearing has been entrusted with the care of Randy and his family.