August, 08, 2009 Deepest Sympathies to the Nichols Family

The Vincennes University Midwest TQ Racing League wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the Nichols family. Former TQ champion and VUMTQRL driver Robert Nichols was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this evening. Our thought and prayers remain with the Nichols family during this difficult time.

Robert D. "Nick" Nichols Jr., 46, of Falcon Drive in Bethel Village, died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009 as the result of a motorcycle accident in Bartholomew County.

Robert was employed at Nichols Body Company. A racing enthusiast, Robert was currently racing three-quarter midgets in the Midwest TQ Racing League, was a member of the American Mini Sprint Association and the Midwest Mini Sprint Association and was a former member of the United Midget Racing Association. Robert was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with friends.

The funeral will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Jim Pursley officiating. Calling will be from Noon until service time Wednesday. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Riley Hospital for Children.

Online condolences may be sent to the Nichols family at www.barkesweaverglick.com.

Born in Columbus April 10, 1963, Robert was the son of Robert D. "Bob" and Marilyn Heck Nichols.

Survivors include his mother, Marilyn Nichols of Columbus; a son, Blake Nichols of Columbus; Cindy Shuler of Columbus; sisters, Carol Behrman and Tena (David) Mitchell both of Columbus; a nephew, Ryan (Julie) Behrman of Denver, Colo.; a niece, Whitney Mitchell of Columbus; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and Rudy Zeigler and R.J., both of Columbus.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. " Bob" Nichols on November 2, 2007; a sister, Karen Nichols and a nephew, Gregory Behrman.

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