Bernadean “Bonnie” Nickey, died on November 9, 1990 in Ames, Iowa. She was born in Fort Wayne on April 17, 1909, a daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Melott) Bennett, and had been a school teacher for ten years. Her father had been a widely-acquainted Fort Wayne businessman and six-term city councilman. At her death she was 81.
Howard E. Nickey, died on October 3, 1993 in Ames, Iowa. He was born in Churubusco on November 24, 1907, a son of Alfred J. and Mildred (Allen) Nickey. The Nickey family were a pioneer farm family in Whitley County. At his death he was 85.
The couple were married in Fort Wayne on August 31, 1940. They moved to Ames in 1955 when Mr. Nickey opened a Mutual Benefit Insurance office there. He retired in 1972 as vice president of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, and manager of Farm Loan office in Ames.
Mrs. Nickey was a member of Collegiate United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women in Ames; Alpha Omocron Pi, a social sorority at Indiana University; Ames Women’s Club; and Mary Greenley Hospital Auxiliary in Ames. She was also a founding member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at Iowa State University.
Mr. Nickey was a summa cum laude graduate of Purdue University in agricultural economics. He was a member and past trustee of the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, and was a member of Arcadia Lodge 249 F&AM, Ames Kiwanis Club, and the Ames Elks Lodge. In addition, he was past president of the Ames Golf and Country Club, and president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of the United States.
The couple are survived by two sons Don Nickey of Kingman, Ariz., and Mike Nickey of Auburn, Calif; two daughters Karen Gross of Urbandale, Iowa and Linda Hildreth of San Diego, Calif; and 13 grandchildren.
Mrs. Nickey was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy Ward. Mr Nickey was preceded by a sister Isabell Huber and a brother Robert Nickey.
Joint graveside services for Mr. and Mrs. Nickey will be held at 3 p. m. on Friday, September 26, 2008, at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco. Rev. Corrine K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment of the remains will follow in the family plot.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
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