Steven J. Nichols (November 11, 1959 – January 20, 2016)

Steven J. Nichols (November 11, 1959 – January 20, 2016)

Steven J. Nichols (November 11, 1959 - January 20, 2016)

ROCK SPRINGS — Steven J. Nichols 56, of Rock Springs WY, passed away Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 peacefully at his home after fighting a battle with a terminal brain disease.

A longtime resident of Rock Springs, he was born on November 11th, 1959 in Winfield Kansas but always considered himself a Wyoming native.

He attended school in Kansas and was a graduate of South Haven High School class of 1977.

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He moved to Rock Springs in 1978 and started working at Jim Bridger Power Plant, where he worked for 37 years.

He married his wife of 30 years Susan Nichols on May 4, 1985.

Steve’s interest included team roping, hunting with his family and training young horses. He especially loved roping at the ranch and going to jackpots with his son.

Survivors include his wife Susan Nichols of Rock Springs, three sons Dan Nichols and wife Sarah Nichols of Rock Springs, Garrett Nichols of Emporia Kansas and Phillip Nichols of Salt Lake City Utah, one daughter Melissa Bruce and husband Rick of Eureka Kansas, mother Eva J. Sapp of Blackwell Oklahoma, sister Susan Kutilek of Wichita Kansas, brother Bruce Crittenden of Oklahoma City Oklahoma, granddaughter Sadie Nichols, two grandsons, Ryan and Adam Bruce.

He is preceded in death by his father Arthur Nichols, stepfather, Orlan Sapp and father in law George Struck.

Steve will be remembered as a great husband, father, friend and cowboy.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Sante Fe Southwest Grill, 1635 Elk Street, Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The family of  Steven J. Nichols respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to the Steven Nichols Memorial Fund, c/o Trona Valley Federal Credit Union, 2640 Foothill Blvd., Rock Springs, Wyoming  82901