Obituary of Carl Nickell
Carl Ray Nickell, age 79, passed away in Tulsa, on Friday, October 5, 2018. He was born on April 7, 1939 in Tulare, California to Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Mildred Nickell. He was the oldest of 7 children. In 1956 he met and married Deloris June (Perry) Nickell. Together they had three children; Carl Wade Nickell of Tulsa, Alan Ray Nickell of Twin Hills, and Brenda (Nickell) Robinson of Sapulpa. Carl and Deloris were married 52 years until Deloris was called to heaven in 2008. In 2015 he married Marie (Stockham) Nickell.
Carl and Deloris loved to travel, take cruises, and camp in their fifth wheel trailer at the lake. They loved boating and even owned a houseboat named after their granddaughter, The Jaycie Blayke. Carl and Deloris owned a Sprint Car Racing Team at one time and traveled to watch them. They also supported their grandkids’ racing team. You could say racing was in their blood as they started their own children racing motorcycles during the late 1970’s. They both attended Calvary Tabernacle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Carl started out driving a truck for a living. He later owned and operated a large fleet of trucks at A.K.T. Trucking. His wife, Deloris and his two sons worked right along with him as they grew the family business. He only retired when his dementia and Parkinson’s Disease forced him to retire in the spring of 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, his children; Carl Wade Nickell, Alan Ray Nickell and wife Debra Nickell, and Brenda Kay Nickell-Robinson and husband Tim Robinson, his 3 siblings; Mildred Crane, Jimmy Nickell, and Bonnie McDaniel, his grandchildren; Thomas Nickell, Jennifer Nickell-Wakefield, Casey Nickell, Christopher Nickell, Kerstin Nickell, Brock Robinson, Jaycie Robinson and Grayson Robinson, and several nieces and nephews. He and Deloris had 19 great grandchildren.
Carl had a drive to work hard and learn as much as he could. He was born during the Great Depression. As the oldest child he had to quit school after the 5th grade to help support his family by working alongside his parents in the fields as they migrated between Oklahoma and California. He would often tell his children that when he drove a truck, he would stop at all monuments, or points of interest because he thirsted for knowledge. He became a successful businessman who could spend his leisure time enjoying his family and their hobbies. He left a legacy showing if you worked hard enough you can accomplish anything. That is how I choose to remember our father; strong, hard-working and enjoying life to the fullest before his illness. I know that he is in Heaven with our mother Deloris and with their parents rejoicing.
Services are at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Green Hill Memorial Gardens.