Russell Nicholson

Alton |

Russell Dale Nicholson, 87, passed away at 12:45am on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 20, 1937, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the son of the late Clifford and Imogene (Colley) Nicholson. He joined the Navy, while stationed in Whidbey Island, WA. he met and married the former Rosemary Mercer on July 19, 1959, in Vancouver British Columbia, and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters and a son in law: Sherry Rain of Alfaretta, Georgia, Gayle Nicholson of Godfrey, Heather and Nick Fencel of Alton, two sons and a daughter in law: James Nicholson of Alton, Christopher and Christine Nicholson of Elsah, his grandchildren: Josh (Misty), Sean (Liz), Tyler (Taylor), Jason, Hayley, Elli, Jade, Grace, Bronte’, Taylor, six great grandchildren, an expectant great grandchild, a sister: Sharon Davis of Alton, two half – sisters: Wanda Nicholson of Cottage Hills, Pam Nicholson of Bethalto, one half – brother: Dennis Nicholson of Cottage Hills, a step brother and his wife: Rod and Lori Smith of Arizona He shared a great love of baseball with his great nephew, Rob Davis. And many other extended family and friends.

Russell was employed by the United States Postal Service where he worked and retired at the Bulk Mailing Center in Hazelwood. He then worked at the Alton Holiday Inn for 12yrs, in his free time. He had a love for camping, canoeing, and traveling. But one of the biggest highlights of his life was taking family vacations with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two step brothers: Paul Harlan and Virgil Harlan.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Private graveside services will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, June 28, 2024, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. 

A Celebration of Life will be held the evening of Friday, June 28, 2024, at 5:00pm at the Alton Motor Boat Club at 11134 Harbor Dell in Godfrey.

Memorials may be made to 5A’s Animal Shelter.

Online guestbook available at

Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.

Obit Provided By:
Pitchford Funeral Home

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