Benjamin E. Nichol, age 96, passed away on Tuesday June 3, 2014 at St Joseph’s Hospital Elgin, Illinois, surrounded by his loving family. Ben was born on August 14, 1917 to the loving union of Alexander J. and Isabella Nichol (Nee: Black-Cormack).
Ben was an Elginite all his life. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C), and later entered into service February 27, 1941 by enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps before the start of WWII. He served as a Staff Sergeant, working as an aircraft mechanic until he was promoted to flight officer and flight instructor, teaching his fellow soldiers how to fly gliders and fixed wing aircraft. He retired from the Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad as a railroad conductor after more than thirty-five years of service. He was a simple man that enjoyed people, and they genuinely enjoyed his company as well. Ben was a man that served his country, family and close friends, but never asked for anything in return. As he flew under the radar, those of us that were lucky enough to have known him respected and admired him.
Ben was a beloved and proud Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Uncle. He was the cornerstone of our family and will be sorely missed. When asked to name his favorite, he replied, “Whoever needs us the most at the time.” He was truly a unique, amazing man. We all love & miss him and will try to live up to his example.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Phyllis Nichol (Nee: Kirkpatrick) His children Kay (Jerry) Marks, John (Bernadette) Nichol, Sue (Scott) Meyer, David (Matilde) Nichol. Brothers John (LaJuana) and Robert (Donna) Nichol, 8 Grandchildren & 5 Great-Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son James, sisters Isabella, Dora, Margret and grandson Daniel
Interment will be private with military Honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 16800 W Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421. Funeral arrangements have beed entrusted to Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street Elgin, Illinois 60120.