Jerry Ray Nichols, 61, of Columbia passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 1, at Nilson Funeral Home.
Jerry Ray Nichols was born April 21, 1952, to Howard V. Nichols and Amy (Morris) Nichols at Boone County Hospital in Columbia.
Jerry attended Ridgeway, Jeff Jr. and graduated from Hickman High School in 1971.
He lived his whole life in Columbia, except for four years of service in the Air Force.
Jerry worked as a senior computer operator for 32 years at the University of Missouri until his retirement in 2010.
He is survived by his mother, Amy Nichols; sister, Jackie Kreigh; brothers, David and Vince Nichols; sons, Ray and Dean Nichols; daughter, Vena Nichols; grandchildren, Kayden, Kaitlyn, Kayla and Kristin; nephew, Daniel Nichols; and nieces, Marissa and SheyAnne Nichols.
Jerry's father preceded Jerry in death on July 23, 1999.
Jerry was a devoted father to his three children and will be greatly missed by friends and family.