Robert Nickerson 1921 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Robert Nickerson was born in Salt Lake on February 13, 1921; he was a native son who traveled far, but always came back. Bob loved being on a mountain trail, solving a challenging engineering problem, meeting new people, driving anything with four wheels, and setting off to any exotic part of the world. He traveled by horseback all through the Rocky Mountains and spent time exploring every continent except Antarctica. Bob and his partner in all of this, his wife Lorraine, spent 67 years together being delighted by the world and all it had to offer. His curiosity, interests, and energy were boundless. His children's memories of him range from listening to him recite The Shooting of Dan McGrew to dodging lightning bolts on a Uinta mountaintop to tackling ski slopes that saner folks avoided to sitting down to a five-course meal in the Loire Valley where he sagely informed us which fork to use. Bob was a modest man and seldom talked about himself, but his accomplishments were many: a graduate of Westminster College and Utah State University, a young naval officer in World War II, a loving and devoted husband, a caring father who made his children proud, a respected and successful businessman, and an involved member of the community. Bob was our rock. Everyone who knew him will miss his wit, generosity, and playful spirit. Bob is survived by his wife, Lorraine, his daughter Christine and son-in-law Albert Marshall, his son Richard and daughter-in-law Linda, as well as by his brothers Charles and Paul, and his nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine 331 East South Temple. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Bob's memory to Westminster or Salt Lake Community College. Friends and family of Bob Nickerson are invited to join us in celebration of his life, at Richard and Linda's house on Saturday, July 9th. Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.