HARLOWTON — Carl Reid Nickell came into this world on Jan. 29, 1929, in Lineville, Iowa, and left us on March 14, 2014.
At an early age, the family moved to Brookfield, Mo. There he learned to work hard, raising cattle, pigs and milking cows twice daily. It was there he met the love of his life, RoAnn (Ann) Nickell as she grew up only two miles down the county road. They were married in 1950 and Carl soon joined the Army, serving as a paratrooper for four years with 82nd Airborne and completing more than 80 jumps. Soon after, he began a career as a draftsman for the Shell Oil Company in Billings, then transferred to Pittsburgh.
Yearning for Montana, Carl and Ann returned and they purchased the Reed Point Bar, Hotel and Gas Station, which they operated for many years. During this time, Carl also worked at Timberweld Manufacturing, working his way up to plant manager until his retirement in 1994. After retirement, they moved to Harlowton where they made many new great friends.
Carl loved fishing, rafting and boating and spent many fun times camping with family and friends wherever there was water. He also loved bowling, golf, woodworking, playing cards — and always with an ice cold beer. He was a faithful Denver Broncos fan and a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of 63 years; brother, Jim Nickell (Betty) of Hannibal, Mo.; and sister, Bonnie Carter (Buck) of Brookfield, Mo.; four children, Joyce Terrel (Dwight), Rhonda Golden (Mark), Dennis Nickell (Helen) and David Nickell (Lynn); nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth William Nickell and Ophelia Harris Nickell, and precious grandchildren Mike Johnson, Davy Johnson and Mandy Nickell.
Cremation has taken place. As per his wishes, no services are planned. If you so wish, memorials may be made to The Compassionate Friends, PO Box 1054, Columbus MT, or a charity of your choice.