US Air Force

Phillip Nichols

February 5, 1949 ~ September 1, 2021 (age 72)



Phillip Nichols, 72, entered into rest suddenly on September 1, 2021 in Manteca, California. He was born on February 5, 1949 in Tucson, Arizona to the late Patrick Nichols and Dorothy Nichols Salado.

Phillip leaves behind his adored wife of 47 years Betty Nichols of Manteca, sons Tim and Doug Castle (Cece) of Manteca. He also leaves a brother, Daniel Nichols (Mary Lou) of Colorado and sister Sherry Stutz Steele of Paso Robles. Loving uncle to nephews Ryan & Travis Stutz, Jeremy & Christopher Nichols, Clint Castle, and to nieces Susie Nichols, and Lynnetta & Tanisha Castle. 

Phillip was a Manteca resident. He graduated from Manteca High School, class of 1967 and recently graduated from University of Arizona with his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force with two tours in Vietnam. Phillip was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a proud Mayflower decedent. 

Phillip enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and just being in nature. He had such an inventive mind, often tinkering with electronics and creating new gadgets. He built his first transistor radio at seven years old. He would secretly bring it to school, and it was later taken by his teacher. He was kind, with a true heart of gold. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for others. He loved his wife dearly, and they were best friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be deeply missed.   

P.L. Fry is honored to serve the Nichols family. Services are pending, and will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. 


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