Glenn W. Nickell 1949-2022

YOUNGSTOWN — Glenn W. Nickell, 72, passed away peacefully 9:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at home, with his family by his side, after battling complications of pancreatic cancer.

A longtime resident of Niles, Glenn was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Cincinnati to the late Perry Nickell and Juanita Stacy Nickell.

Glenn worked at both Republic Steel and WCI Steel for more than 30 years combined, retiring in 2007. Glenn was a proudly elected union officer for the United Steelworkers of America.

In the late 1980s, during a lengthy steel mill shutdown, Glenn enrolled in the police academy and became an officer in Warren for two years. Then in the 1993, while again working full-time at WCI Steel, Glenn founded the Northeast Ohio Pallet Company, a successful pallet building / lumber finishing business that employed as many as 10 people at one time. During these years Glenn often worked 16-plus hours per day, six or seven days a week. Despite the long hours worked, he still always found time to attend a son’s band night, a son’s art show or even dress up in a 7-foot-tall Barney costume for his daughter’s birthday party. Glenn was a dedicated Cincinnati Bengals fan — almost never missing a game from the 1970s through last year’s Super Bowl. And always watching alongside him these past few years was his faithful dog, Socks, a four-pound Chihuahua.

In his younger years, Glenn also loved playing pool (winning multiple tournaments in the area), chess, poker and even the occasional game of tennis at Stevens Park in Niles.

Above all else, Glenn loved his family and friends. His concern for others, along with his true pleasure in seeing people succeed, will be missed by many.

Glenn was a member of the Army and fought courageously in the Vietnam war, receiving two Purple Hearts. He was of Baptist faith.

Glenn is survived by his four children, Jason (Tracy) Nickell of Bozeman, Mont., and David (Robert) Nickell of Boardman, Christopher (Mark) Nickell of Struthers and Amber Nickell of Lakewood; and two granddaughters, Camryn of Boardman and Brooke of Bozeman.

In addition to his parents, Glenn was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hanshaw and his brother-in-law, Robert Hanshaw.

The family would also like to acknowledge Glenn’s friend and dedicated companion, Edie Powers, for her end-of-life support as Glenn battled cancer these past six months. We will never forget her loving sacrifice for our dad.

The family will hold a private service.

Arrangements are being handled by the WM Nicholas Funeral Home in Niles.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions to The American Cancer Society, cancer.org.

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