Edward A. Nichols Sr. died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 6, 2005. He was 76 years old.Ed was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 2, 1929. He was proud to serve in the Navy during World War II. He rejoined with the Marines during the Korean War. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Marion Engquist. Ed moved his family to Aspen in 1962, where he started Ed Nichols Construction. For the next 30 years, Ed ran what was known as the best masonry company in western Colorado. Many prominent locals got their start in the valley by working for Ed. Among the many projects Nichols Construction completed were the Prince of Peace Church, the Stonebridge, Wildwood, Aspen Club, North of Nell, Ajax Mountain Building, Concept 600, the Wexner residence and every bank building in Aspen but one. Ed was an excellent golfer and avid hunter who was a member of the Elks and Eagles clubs. He often donated construction work to various local churches and charities. If you needed help and Ed could help, he would, no questions asked. Retiring in 1992, Ed and Marion moved to Arizona, where they have many treasured friends. He was the kindest and most loving of men, and will be missed by all. He leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years; children Sandra Nichols of Parker, Edward A. (Debbie) Nichols Jr. of Littleton, Timothy J. (Deb) Nichols of Basalt; grandchildren Ean, Jessie and Shelby; and sister Bernie Michaletz of Shore View, Minn. Ed was preceded in death by sisters Kathy and Mary, and brother Bill. Ed will be cremated and returned to Aspen in the spring, where he will be buried in Red Butte Cemetery with a memorial service at the Elks Club, to be announced. Services were held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa, Ariz., on Dec. 12.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa, Ariz.
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The property tax overcharge refunds are in the hands of Basalt residents. A new civic organization is cranking up its campaign to have recipients contribute some or all of their refunds to the Basalt Gives effort to benefit midvalley-serving nonprofits.