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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
Raymond Nicklas

Raymond Clarence Nicklas

Sunday, October 3rd, 1937 - Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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Raymond Clarence Nicklas, 81 of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in a local hospital. He retired from Gerber Foods in Fort Smith and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a member of Highway to Heaven Church in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by both parents Jack and Ollie (Bryson) Nicklas and three daughters.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Katie Nicklas of the home; two daughters Cecilia of the home and Katherine Jones and husband Zack of Pocola; one son-in-law Brian Watteau of Dyer; one brother Jimmy Nicklas of Lowell; one grandson; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2PM, Friday February 8, 2019 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Brian Watteau, Zack Jones, Brandon Watteau, Brycen Pruisner and Mike Bingham.
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  • Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Ocker Memorial Chapel
    700 Jefferson Street
    VAN BUREN, AR 72956
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    Rev. James Willis
    Bill Willis
  • Interment

    Gracelawn Cemetery
    3003 Oak Lane
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Posted at 02:38pm
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