Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
Robert L. Nickeson, 77, of Lincoln, passed away April 14, 2016. Born May 1, 1938 in Beatrice, NE to Roy and Faye E. (Wells) Nickeson. Graduated from Beatrice Senior High School in 1956. He joined the U. S. Air Force in 1957 and was discharged in 1961.
In 1962 he helped build the original Homestead National Monument west of Beatrice. He worked on the monument for a year starting out by digging the original foundation by hand. His employer was Pat Hudson of Fairbury. Pat helped Bob become an apprentice carpenter and was responsible for Bob becoming a carpenter and owning his own construction business for 21 years.
Bob moved to Fort Collins, CO and in 1971 moved to Cheyenne, WY. He always planned on owing his own business by the time he was 40. In Cheyenne Bob worked for Jim Roberts Construction. On May 1, 1978, Bob quit his job. Within a week he had two employees and his first job remodeling a beauty shop in Cheyenne.
Bob was a member of the Cheyenne Sheriff’s Posse for eight years and was president for one year, and also a member of the American Legion in Beatrice at the time of his death.
He and his former wife of 17 years owned quarter horses and showed the horses at shows in Colorado and Wyoming for ten years.
Bob retired in 1999 and moved to Lincoln in 2001 to be near his family.
He is survived by his sister Beverly Fortner of Lincoln;
sisters and brothers-in-law Shirley and Vernon Schmale of Beatrice and
Charlotte and Robert “Butch” Williams of Wymore; aunt Evelyn Rulla of Beatrice;
nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
A private family service will be held. Bob was cremated and
his ashes will be spread in his beloved Cheyenne.
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