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Wilfred Wayne Nice
Wilfred Wayne "Willie" Nice, 83, of Marion, Kansas was born at the family farm home in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, on June 6, 1936 to parents Willard E. and Dorothy Smith Nice. He passed away on December 3, 2019 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion.
His childhood and teen years were spent on the family farm near Omega, Oklahoma, where he graduated high school in 1954, He was active in the vo-ag program, FFA and 4-H. He raised cattle, prize-winning chickens and sheep to show at the local fair.
After high school he was a hay hauler, and later moved to Peoria, Illinois to work for Caterpillar for the next 30 years. He also had a job as a filling station attendant at one time. He met his future wife, Wilma A. Begner, and they were married on June 29, 1958. They made their home in Peoria, where they welcomed children Jane and Dennis.
In 1991 Wilfred retired and moved to Marion KS, where he and Wilma bought farm ground so he could return to his roots of farming. He found joy in farming and cattle raising with son Dennis and grandson Jordan.
Wilfred is survived by wife Wilma, son Dennis Nice of Marion, grandchildren Cori Lyn Nice of Wichita, and Jordan Nice of Newton, sister Norma Kline (Jerry) of Marion, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, sister Carol Helmer, and daughter Jane Craig.
A visitation with family will be held Friday evening, December 6th at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral home in Marion. Wilfred's funeral will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 10:30 a.m. at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to St. Luke Hospital Foundation, in care of the funeral home.
Wilma, I am so sorry to hear about Wilfred, Oakie! It's been so many years since I've seen you, and have often wondered where you were. I remember babysitting the kids so many times, so many years ago. My heart is sad for you and Dennis. My how time has passed! I am so happy he got to return to his roots, and do what he loved! My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Susan Caldwell Stephenson Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
Farming in the neighborhood brought Willie's family and our family together for many years and Willie was the best example of what it means to be a neighbor. Always eager to stop for a friendly visit, always willing to lend a hand when needed. Willie would have concern and compassion for others in hard times and share the joy with others in the good times. To our family, Willie will be deeply missed. - - - - Eldon and Brad Wiens Family
Eldon & Brad Wiens Family Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Wilfred Nice
Bill and Kathy Goentzel Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ONE OF MY FAVORITE CAT WORKERS PASSING ! OKIE AND I HAD SOME GREAT TIMES AT CATERPILLAR, AND WE EVEN DID WORK SOME! I WAS A ROOKIE BOSS, AND OKIE HELPED ME MORE THAN HE EVER KNEW. THANKS FOR THE OBIT IN THE PEORIA AREA! I DID NOT GET TO DO WHAT I HAD PLANNED THIS COMING SUMMER, I WAS GOING TO SURPRISE HIM WITH A VISIT! AGAIN, WILMA, I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF LOSING OKIE!
Daniel and Jewellean Fackler Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM