Richard Allen “Rick” Nichols, 62, of New Athens, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at his home. He was born September 18, 1960, in Wheeling, West Virginia, a son of Wesley and Jeanette Watson Nichols of New Athens, Ohio.

Rick’s biggest love and concern in his life was for his mom and dad. He was always ready to be their fierce fighter. He loved his family dearly as he did the love of his life Cheri. Rick lived his life the way he wanted to live his life – wide open and full throttle. Rick was a hard-working man who spent 15 years working in the coal industry and expected those around him to work as hard as he did. Rick was a jack of all trades. He will be sorely missed by all of those that loved him.

In addition to his parents, Rick is survived by his siblings: Debra L. (Dane) Morgan of Cadiz, Edward (Melissa) Nichols of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Lora (Earl) Wood of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Michelle (Brian) Howell of Hilliard; life partner, Cheri Huffman of New Athens; and he was an uncle to several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and the funeral were held on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, Cadiz, with Rev. Pete Tuchek officiating. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1491 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240. The memorial guestbook may be signed at