Oris Dean Nickles

December 15, 1939 ‒ March 27, 2021

Loudonville, Ohio

Oris Dean Nickles went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 27, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family. He was 81.

He was born on December 15, 1939, in Smithville to parents Henry & Ellen (Nussbaum) Nickles. Oris graduated from Loudonville High School with the class of 1957, and married Ruth Habegger on October 24, 1959, the two happily married for 61 years.

Oris worked for Mansfield Plumbing products for over 48 years until retiring in 2005.

A devoted Christian, Oris was a member of the Loudonville United Methodist Church and most recently attended the Haysville United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he took pleasure in flower and vegetable gardening, playing card games, and loved to bake cookies for those he cared about. Oris was also an avid sports fan of the Buckeyes, the Ashland University Girls Basketball team, and the Redbirds.

He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Nickles; children Mike (Cindy) Nickles, Tod (Joanne) Nickles, and June (Brian) Studer; grandchildren Alexandria, Tanner, Matthew, Christopher, Sarah, Zachary, and Jacob; and his brothers Donald “Don” Nickles and Jim Nickles.

In addition to his parents, Oris was preceded in death by his siblings Jerry Nickles, Gene Nickles, and Peggy Nickles.

The Nickles family will receive friends Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. A private burial will take place at a later date in Pioneer Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Oris’ memory to Kindred Hospice may be made at the funeral home or mailed to 112 Harcourt Road #3, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Oris’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Ruth my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My daughter Zoie called Oris the cookie man because when she was younger and when he made chocolate chip cookies he would bring her a plate of them. She said no one made cookies like he did.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, I feel very honored to have met him and your family and be apart of helping to care for Oris through Kindred Hospice. You are all in my thoughts and Prayers! He was such a sweet man!
    Love, Jen

  • So sorry for your loss. the family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. He was a good man. RIP

  • Dad,
    I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved you and how blessed it was to be your son. I shall always remember what a great influence you and mom had on my life. I will always miss you but you will always be with you in my heart. Until we meet again I will always love you to the moon and beyond. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Dad,
    I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved you and how blessed it was to be your son. I shall always remember what a great influence you and mom had on my life. I will always miss you but you will always be with me in my heart. Until we meet again I will always love you to the moon and beyond. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Sorry to hear that Oris has passed. Will miss him at the family breakfast ..and his cookies.
    I’ve told my dad, Paul, and he sends his condolences also. May he rest in peace.🙏

  • Ruth and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was sorry to hear of Oris passing. Find peace in faith, family and friends and knowing others care.

  • Sending our deepest sympathies to the entire Nickles family. Oris was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He had the most giving heart, a true testament of his faith. May his light continue to shine in each one of you. Wishing you God’s peace. Sincerely, Barb, Stan, Carol and Mike

  • Dear Ruth & Family,
    We are saddened to learn of Oris’s passing. He was truly a special Guy.
    We are in SC and can not be at his calling hours. We so appreciated Oris helping us with my Mom during her illness. He made her cookies and helped take her to dialysis. What a blessing he was to our family. Thank you. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Peace Be With You.
    Andi & Jim Arnholt

  • Our condolences to all of Oris’ family. Our thoughts are with you and our prayers are for you. WE hold you safe in our hearts at this time of sadness.

    Bill and Jo (Berg) Hudson
    We are Lynn Nickles Uncle and Aunt.

  • So sorry to hear of your family loss. We will miss him at the family breakfast. Oris and Dad got along so well. And Oris always had a smile for everyone. Prayers to your family.

  • Ruth, I’m so very sorry to hear that Oris had passed. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed his visits in my years of being church secretary. His faith was so strong and always left me inspired! I loved it when you both stopped in also while out walking. I pray God will grant you and your family comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead. Love and hugs always from Cyndi and Joe Janeczek 🙏

  • Ruth and family, We are so sorry to hear of Oris’s passing. What a good man he was and his smile as welcome as his cookies. He was so good to us when I wass at The Store. Many times he would bring us cookies and he always found me and made sure he handed them to me. GOD bless you and the family. May you fine peace in the memories he has given you. John and Peggy

  • My heartfelt sympathy is being sent to the whole family. It had been so many years since I had seen Oris. When I was spending time with Lary before his death 5 years ago, Oris came by with delicious cookies he had made. That was such a thoughtful thing to do. It was nice to become reacquainted with him. God bless all of you!

    Shirley Koch Watters

  • I worked with Ruth for years at the Farmers Bank. My husband Denny worked with Oris as did my son Scott. They were both very well liked, My husband especially like to tease Oris. He also made the best cookies. He will be sadly missed. Ruth you have our deepest sympathy

    Bonnie Weirick

  • Dear Oris,
    To the best uncle anyone could wish for.
    A Great Christian example of a son, husband, father, and grandfather.
    You “got what life’s about”….No better time to enter heaven’s gates than Easter week!
    My deepest sympathy to my aunt Ruth and my cousins families.
    May God give you peace and joy in your sorrow.
    May your special memories of Oris put a smile on your face.


  • Dear Ruth and family,
    I am sending my sympathy to you & your family and know that my prayers are with you. I will be in touch with you in a few weeks.

    Devona Amstutz

  • Dear Ruth and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Oris, he was a wonderful Christian man. We are also sorry we did not make the calling hours as we didn’t know about them.
    May the many memories you shared over your 61 years of marriage be comforting to you, Ruth .
    May God wrap his arms around you all and hold you next to His heart during this time of loss.

  • Sending most heartfelt sympathy to the Nickles family. I recall seeing Oris and Ruth out walking , riding their bikes and at the Loudonville fair. Oris always had a warm smile and a kind word. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ruth and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Oris was such a neat guy. I remember when he used to bake cookies for the ladies at McMullen’s. I know how much my mother, Esther Smith, enjoyed them and his company when he took her to some medical visits. Many prayers for all your family.

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