Wylie (WD)'s Story
Wylie Duke (WD) Nichols was born on June 11, 1940, in Wagoner County. He left this world at home, peacefully in his sleep, on Dec. 14, 2017.
WD proudly served and devoted 21 years of his life to the United States Navy, with three tours in Vietnam as a river rat before retiring as a senior chief petty officer in 1977. His service in the U.S. Navy defined his work ethic, motivation, drive and character. While serving, WD earned numerous ribbons, awards, accommodations and promotions. Senior chief traveled the world many times over and had many opportunities for adventures and shenanigans, of which he never passed up any.
Once he retired from the USN, the senior chief went to work for Tinker Air Force Base. WD rose through the ranks to become a supervisor before retiring again. He then began his most rewarding career, volunteering.
He was a member of Refrigeration Service Engineering Society, Elks, Masons, and the most gratifying, a service officer for the Disabled American Veterans. WD's impact to the people he helped and lives he positively changed are too high to count.
WD loved his children and grandchildren fiercely. He lived a full, exciting, love filled life. He was quite the prankster who enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh, a hard worker and someone who loved helping others. His larger than life presence will be greatly missed.
WD was preceded in death by his parents; 13 brothers and sisters, numerous brothers in arms, and his precious beloved grandson, Eric Warren, who was killed in action in 2012, of whom he was most proud.
He is survived by his devoted daughter, Donna Beth and her husband, Marvin Warren Jr.; son, Darin Nichols and his son, Kai; his only remaining sibling, Jean Faucett; his former wife, Paulette Nichols, and her family, and his cherished dog, Dozo.
Services will be held in Midwest City at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the DAV Chapter 39, P.O. Box 10456, Midwest City, OK, 73140.
Published on December 22, 2017