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Robert “Butch” Nicklas

January 31, 1944 - July 31, 2023

Robert “Butch” Nicklas, of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away peacefully at Pearls of Life Memory Care Facility on July 31, 2023.  He was the son of the late Aubrey and Helen Nicklas.

He was born on January 31, 1944, formerly of Connoquenessing, Pennsylvania. He proudly served on active duty in the U.S. Navy and then retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. Butch retired from AK Steel and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and Grace Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne; daughters, Shiryl (Tim), Renee (Neil), Annie; son, Robb; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers; and Karla and her two children.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, John; nephew, Larry; and Helen Janicki.

Thank you to the staff at Pearls of Life for loving our Dad. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit


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Our thoughts and prayers to the family, a wonderful neighbor and good friend, you are dearly missed. Always there in an emergency. May God speed….Your friends in Connoquenessing.

Posted by Allen &Jane Naimark on August 8, 2023

Renee, I may have only met Butch and Joanne a few times back in our college days at SRU, but they both left a loving and lasting impression in my life. Such a wonderful man your Father was! To be in the presence of two people who adored one another as they did was a blessing to witness. May you and your entire family find peace and comfort in all of the memories you hold. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Pam Miller Cook “Spam” 💕

Posted by Pamela Cook on August 5, 2023

I have the fondest memories of growing up around Mr, Nicklas. Without fail, every time he saw me he said “I see you took your ugly pills today!” He was always kidding and joking and such a pleasure to be around. I’m so sorry for your loss but happy for your great memories.

Posted by Jenn (Carr) Poulse on August 5, 2023

I remember when Renee and Neil were married, we shared a table with Butch and Joanne. The photographer came over and urged Butch to smile. I looked over at his unflappable face and joked, “What do you mean? He is smiling.” He broke into a big smile and we all laughed together.

Posted by Linda B on August 5, 2023

Oh the many wonderful memories I have of your dad....he always called us "boys". What are you "boys" doing....going to Conneaut in the back of his truck that he built the bed in...sleeping in the cabin behind your house...and a million more. Loved that man like a father of my own. Annie, Robb,Renee. And Shirley you all have my deepest sympathy. I'm sure he is up there with his front yard neighbors watching over us now...Love to you all.

Posted by LouAnn Gutshall Kennedy on August 5, 2023

Butch was a fine man, loved his family, served his country and was an amazing father in law to our son Nick,(husband of Annie). He will be missed but not forgotten...with sincere sympathy.. Brenda and Jim Kidd

Posted by Brenda Kidd on August 4, 2023

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