Francis E. "Frank" Nuckolls
February 02, 1932 - November 30, 2021
Birthplace: Bethany, Missouri
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Service 12/7/2021
Evergreen Cemetery
Burial 12/7/2021
Evergreen Cemetery

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Francis Edward Nuckolls, age 89, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Frank was born to Cecil and Erma (Belding) Nuckolls on the 2nd of February, 1932, in Bethany, Missouri. Growing up on farms outside Gus and Braddyville, Iowa, Frank attended Braddyville High, where he lettered in track and basketball. A favorite junior high school memory of Frank's recalled the handful of times a friend of the family flew him to school in his crop duster, letting him out in a field adjacent to the school.

After high school, Frank joined the US Army during the Korean War, where he trained at Ft. Riley, KS, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, becoming a temporary mechanics instructor before shipping off to Japan, where he served the next two years in the Ryuku Command working on everything from jeeps to tanks to Howitzers, and ran a motor pool on Okinawa. When Corporal Nuckolls rotated Stateside, he returned to Red Oak, where his family had moved shortly after he'd enlisted, where he soon met the love of his life, Dorothy Bailey. The two were married at the Presbyterian Church on May 23rd, 1952. The newlyweds moved to Kalamazoo, MI, where Frank was temporarily stationed before being honorably discharged at Ft. Custer, there.

Soon after, Frank worked as a policeman in Red Oak till his father presented a new opportunity to him working with him as a machinist in California - Frank being chosen to work on the piston drive and warhead-fitting of the first Minuteman missile, contracted out to Boeing on Edward's AFB. Frank was an excellent country western guitarist and cover artist, playing honky
tonks in the LA area, once beating out 600 contestants for a slot on NBC LA's Town Hall Party, the west coast's answer to the Grand Ole Opry in the late 50s, where he played on stage with Joe Maphis.

Moving back to the midwest, he and his family lived in Joplin, Missouri, Valley, Nebraska, and Red Oak, where he drove trucks from '62 to '68, then worked at the beef processing plant in Oakland, IA, till the mid-80s, his family having moved to Stanton early in '74, then returning to Red Oak in '86.

In his later years, Frank enjoyed working on cars and small engines, playing cards with his friends & family, gardening, woodworking, and reading and watching Westerns.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy (who passed away 1 month and 12 days prior to Frank), his parents, his sister, Audrey Jernigan of Sacramento, CA, stepsisters, Della Lee (also of Sacramento) and Luella Wymore Bycroft of New Market, IA, two step brothers, Dale Cady of Cedar Bluffs, NE, Russ Cady of Red Oak, and his son-in-law, Lyle Holmes of Ida Grove, IA.

Surviving Frank are his half-sister Peggy Jackson of Houston, TX, daughters, sons, and in-laws, Kim Holmes of Ida Grove, Wyn & Rich Baugh of Lawton, OK, Ylene "Cis" & Darwin Alm, Jr. of Atlantic, IA, Lisa Terry of Kearney, NE, Sam & Sigrid Nuckolls of Gloucester, VA, and Justin Tod Nuckolls of Red Oak. Also surviving Frank are 14 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held 1 PM Tuesday, December 7, 2021at Evergreen Cemetery.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 


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