June 2, 1918 - Sept. 4, 2010
Max M. Nichols died peacefully on Sept. 4, 2010, at his home in Walla Walla while attended by his two daughters.
Max was born June 2, 1918, in Walla Walla to Dorsey R. and Emma Nichols. He was raised in College Place and lived all his adult life in Walla Walla. Max attended grade school and high school at the Seventh day Adventist schools in College Place, going on to Walla Walla College and graduating from the Walla Walla Business School. He owned Nichols Brothers Milling Company for many years, worked for a number of years as a produce broker for Mojonnier Sons and then owned Max Nichols Brokerage until he retired.
Max married Dora Weaver Aug. 10, 1941, in Walla Walla, and they enjoyed almost 61 years together until Dora's death in 2002. Max and Dora traveled extensively all over the world during their retirement years, spending winters in their beloved Hawaii. In addition to traveling, Max enjoyed reading, following current events, studying history, and being with and around people. The last three years of his life, Max lived at Wheatland Village, where he made friends whom he valued and enjoyed greatly.
Max is survived by his sister, Phila Mae Purdy of LaCanada, Calif.; his daughters, Maxine Adelle (William) Doty of Las Vegas, Nev., and Susan Eileen (Kenneth) Koentopp; four grandchildren, Scott (Trina) Franklin of Phoenix, Ariz., Michelle Franklin (David) Leister of
Boise, Nathan (Shalee) Franklin of Boise, and Michael (Brandi) Koentopp of Clarkston, Wash.; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Max Leister, Emily Leister, Destiny Roy and Tyler Koentopp; and numerous
nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in death by his wife, Dora; his brother, Merl; and his sister, Margaret Nichols Kelln.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in his name to the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. A private memorial will
be held on Sept. 25, 2010.