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Wesley Curtis Nichols was born May 15, 1932 to Charles and Anna (Dahlberg) Nichols at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

He grew up in rural Knapp on a small dairy farm. He attended elementary school in Knapp and then went to high school in Menomonie, WI and graduated from “Aggie”.

On June 28, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart Phyllis McClelland at the Knapp United Methodist Church. The young couple farmed with his grandmother Nellie Dahlberg on her farm in rural Knapp. To make ends meet Wesley also worked at Lakeside Aluminum. After four years of farming in Knapp, they were able to buy their own farm on County Road X outside Glenwood City. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Curt, Ken, Karen, Carol and Cheri, who were raised on the farm. In 1962 Wesley began driving school bus along with farming.

In the spring of 1965 Wesley and Phyllis had an auction and Wesley began driving semi over the road, first for Dotseth Trucking in Knapp, then Midwest Coast, then for Gamble-Robinson, Richard Oil and later for Pioneer Truck Lines until retiring.

Wesley and Phyllis enjoyed many happy times snowmobiling, spending time at their cabin near Trego and later wintering in Harlington, TX where they made many good friends. Their marriage spanned nearly 65 years until May of this year when Phyllis passed way.

Wesley passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2017 at MCHS- Red Cedar in Menomonie, WI. He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, parents, sister Rethia Platson, grandson Joshua Wahl and son-in-law Timothy Larson.

Wesley is survived by five children: Curt (Nancy), Ken (Donna), Karen (Gary) Palmerton, Carol (Don) Hurtgen and Cheri Larson; sister Charlene Pitzrick; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relativess and friends.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Glenwood City Community Center. Interment of cremains will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp, WI at a later date. Local arrangement by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI.