Born: April 11, 1943 - Deceased: September 15, 2023
James Glenn Nicholas, 80, of Belleville, IL and Tequesta, FL, born Sunday, April 11, 1943, in Summit, NJ, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, September 15, 2023 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.
Jim married his high school sweetheart Donna Rae Hunt on July 24, 1965. Colonel Jim Nicholas proudly served his country as a Communications Officer in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years. During his long military career, Jim was stationed overseas in Turkey, Germany, and South Korea as well as on bases in 10 different states from New York to Florida, Kansas to Virginia. During his time in Germany, Jim loved sightseeing and camping with his family all over Europe. When back in the States, Jim enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake and Tampa Bays in his Catalina sailboat, playing golf regularly, and skiing with family. He never lost his fondness for traveling and visited countries all around the world, first with his wife Donna, and during the past year with his girlfriend Bernadine Nordstrom.
Jim was a long-time member of First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, IL and was a leader in the church he loved, serving in a wide variety of positions. He was a kind, hardworking, and humble man with a good sense of humor and a quick wit who loved to laugh. Jim was a devoted father and proud grandfather that never missed a holiday or important milestone in his family’s lives.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Father: James A. Nicholas
- Mother: Gladys Nicholas
- Sister: Janet Hodnett
- Beloved wife of 54 years: Donna Nicholas
Surviving are his:
- Richard (Dale Greenberg) Nicholas of Baltimore, MD
- Kenneth (Lisa) Nicholas of Sandy Springs, GA
- Lindsey Nicholas
- Danielle Nicholas
- Niece: Constance (Marty Worcester) Hodnett
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or First United Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday, October 7, 2023 at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Rd, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, October 7, 2023 at First United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Rob Dyer officiating.