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May 30, 1934 - October 15, 2019~ Norman H. Nicholas, 85, of Roseburg, formerly Madras, passed away October 15, 2019.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Norman H. NicholasPrivate services will be held for Norman H. Nicholas, 85, of Roseburg, formerly of Madras, at Roseburg National Cemetery.

Norm was born on May 30, 1934, one of six children, to Ralph and Lillian (Kennedy) Nicholas, in Tuthill, South Dakota. He passed away on Oct. 15, 2019, in Roseburg, Oregon.

Norm was a master at just about anything and had many passions in his life. He was a builder of classic cars (his most recent, a 1940 Ford coupe), dragsters and motorcycles. He loved drag racing, tinkering in his shop and, most importantly, spending time with his family. Norm worked hard, played hard and loved deeply. He was proud to be a US Army Veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. His working career included being a steel fabricator, a farmer and a millwright.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Melba Nicholas of Roseburg; children, Sheri Shaver of Portland, Rick Nicholas and Penny of Eagle Creek, Donna Schmidt and Dave of Roseburg, Robert Gilman of Roseburg, and Angela Kelly of Damascus; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie and Cheryl; and brother, Darrell; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Francis and Donald.

The family suggests that donations be made, in his memory, to CHI Mercy Health, Hospice Services, 2700 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon 97471.

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