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Nolan Squier

April 15, 2023

Nolan Squier passed from this life to glory on April 15 at age 82 after his courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.  He was born December 14, 1940 in Wichita Falls, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.  He served in ROTC throughout high school and college and is a Vietnam Veteran, proudly serving in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard from 1963-1991.  Nolan obtained a Masters of Management Science degree from Texas Christian University in 1963 and moved to San Diego, California in 1978 to work for General Dynamics as a Logistics Engineer.  There he raised his two children and met his wife Lori.  Lynchburg, Virginia became home in 2001 when he semi-retired to be near his children and grandchildren.  Nolan loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, being with his family, camping, building projects, and repairing things.  He served his country again in the Virginia Defense Force and taught as an adjunct professor at Liberty University before officially retiring.

Affectionately known as Pops to his family, Nolan is survived by his spouse Lori; his daughter Kristie Kucera  (Pete); and grandchildren Schyler and Sean (Gabby); his Son Bryon (Laurie) ;  grandchildren Leah Carter (David) and Brad (Tori); and 6 great grandchildren: Kolton, Benjamin, Avery, McKenna, Fynlee, and Reagan; his brother Bailey and sister Delores Ross.  He was preceded in death by his parents William and Thelma Squier, brothers Guy Squier and Pete Squier.

A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at Tharp Funeral Home on Saturday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m.  The family requests donations to the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council  or the Lewy Body Dementia Organization in lieu of flowers.

Lynchburg Area Veterans Council- P.O. Box 1104  Forest, VA 24551

Lewy Body Dementia Association –

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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Dad, I can't believe you’re gone. It’s only been a few days since your passing and the pain is sobering. I'm taking comfort in the fact that your suffering on earth has come to an end. The horrible disease you had has been taken from you. Your mind and your memories have been returned to you. You are now in heaven with all our family that have gone before you. I feel so blessed to be able to call you, my dad. I've always been so proud of my super smart dad. I remember as a kid asking you so many questions, "why this", "why that..." I thought you got tired of answering my questions because I asked one time, and you handed me a book. It was called, "Tell Me Why". BUT I know you didn't get tired of answering my questions because I've kept on asking and you've kept on answering. I feel so blessed to be able to call you, my dad. I remember our cross-country trip from Fort Worth to San Diego. Kristie and I were supposed to stay with Granny and Gandpoo until you got settled in San Diego. But, we were able to convince you to take us with you and to this day Dr Hook songs are forever etched in my memory. Along the way we stopped at a little restaurant and I ordered spaghetti. The spaghetti had seasoning sticks excessively poured throughout the dish. I took a bite and 1 of the sticks became lodged in my throat and I began choking. You were able to dislodge the stick from my throat and save my life. I feel so blessed to be able to call you, my dad. I know how much this country and your Army service meant to you. One of my proudest moments was my graduation from Army Basic Training. I remember walking out of my barracks and seeing you across the parking lot. I walked over to you and with a tremendous amount of pride snapped a perfect military salute to you... I know that moment meant a lot to you as well, as you kept the picture of us taken right after, pinned to the wall in your office. I feel so blessed to be able to call you, my dad. Your legacy will live on, in Kristie, Leah, Brad, Schyler, Sean, Avery, Kolton, McKenna, Benjamin, Fynlee, Reagan and Me. The values you instilled in Kristie and me have been passed on to our families. The love of God and family being the most important. I remember a conversation we had when I was a young man when I was in trouble for something. You sat me down and said, son the sooner you learn to do the right thing for the right reasons the sooner your life will become easier. You said, do the right thing every time, not just because someone is watching, not just when you think it will benefit you, not just because you don't want to get in trouble. Do it every time because it’s the right thing to do. It took some time for me to see and understand the wisdom in your words. But I heard you. I feel so blessed to be able to call you, my dad. Dad, you were more than just a father to me. You were my mentor, my hero, and my friend. I will never forget the way you lived your life with integrity, humility, and an unwavering commitment to your family. You taught me to stand up for what I believe in, to never give up, and to always look for the good in people. I know that you will always be with me in spirit, and I will do my best to honor your memory every day of my life. Rest in peace, Dad. I love you.

Posted by Bryon Squier on May 4, 2023

Our friendship began almost 50 years ago when Lori and Denise worked together at Bank of America. Our "girl group" progressed to including husbands and we enjoyed knowing Nolan so much. The service was beautiful and the love shown to Nolan by his family was so touching. He will truly be missed. Lori, we wish you strength and all of God's blessings every day. Love, Denise and Mario

Posted by Denise and Mario Caronna on May 4, 2023

Lori, we remember fondly our camping trip together. After supper, we were sharing stories back & forth, laughing and having a great time, when a park ranger came by and told us to keep the noise down. Time had flown by so quickly we didn't realize quiet time had come and we were anything but quiet.

Posted by Dave & Linda Zeff on April 30, 2023

Dear Lori and Family, This is my favorite photo of Nolan and Mike wearing their Hawaiian shirts. We had so much fun together playing cards and hanging out together. Nolan was an easy going and warm hearted man who will be sorely missed! Beautiful service. May you be comforted by your Faith and all the warm and loving thoughts sent your way! With love and friendship! Michele

Posted by Michele Switalski on April 29, 2023

Lori, the service was beautiful. It was so heartwarming to hear Nolan‘s children and grandchildren. Talk about him. And I have so many fun memories of you both.

Posted by Janet Velazquez on April 29, 2023

Lori, My love and prayers to you and your family. Hold tight to your many memories of your sweet husband! ❤️ Hugs to you my friend! Judy

Posted by Judy Kirk on April 26, 2023

I met Nolan when he and Lori were in my parents’ Sunday School class and some of the fondest memories I have are from going over to dinner at Lori & Nolan’s (or having them over for dinner) and having game nights. I always played on Nolan and my Dad’s team for Trivial Pursuit and I just remember how knowledgeable about so many topics he was and also, all of the good natured trash talking that took place. I remember how he would light up when talking about topics that really interested him and also when sharing memories of growing up in Texas and also, line dancing with Lori. His for the Lord was very evident and his love for Lori was such a beautiful thing to have the privilege to witness. He will be very missed. My heart and prayers are with Lori and family during this time.

Posted by Julie Abbott on April 20, 2023

We met Lori and Nolan while Round Dancing and Square Dancing in the 80's I believe. We had many fun times, the 4th of July in the pool in Poway, the Christmas Progressive Dinners, the Dances. Johnny loved his Spam nights with Nolan while the girls did their thing. We sure miss those times. Nolan is now where he can be at peace. We love Nolan and Lori. Lori, please keep in touch with us all.

Posted by John and Mary Signorelli on April 18, 2023

We met Nolan and Lori in San Diego while attending the same church and being in our small group together. Nolan was always a great host in opening their Poway home for pool parties and their Lynchburg home for us when we in town for a visit. He loved his wife. He loved his family and he loved his Lord. Well done, Nolan, well done. 💕

Posted by Vicki and Rollie Whalen on April 17, 2023

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