Howard “Michael” Nichols

Howard “Michael” Nichols, 73, Wichita, KS passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 at his home.

Mike was born on December 20, 1946 in Paxton, IL, the son of Howard and Betty Sue (Kirksey) Nichols.

Mike was a noble, humble, caring man with a great sense of humor who lived life by example. Mike was laughing and caring for his wife and family until the end.

He was a graduate of the University of Kansas with a JD law degree.

He was an attorney and owned his own law firm.

He married the love of his life Diane Marie Born on May 16th 1981 in Lawrence, KS

He is survived by his loving Wife Diane, 3 sons: Jeff Phillips (Wife Samantha and children Jayden and Ryder Phillips of Galena, KS), Chris Phillips (Wife Cydney and children Lincoln and Charlie Phillips of Wichita, KS), John Nichols of Austin, TX, and Sister Patricia Petterson of Topeka, KS.

The family suggests memorials in his name to The American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Louise Shorter on May 12, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Hello to all,
    I knew Mike as the brother of one of my best friends. We grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas and shared many a good time, including rock and roll concerts.
    I am sorry I did not know he had cancer- I would have said good bye in person.
    I do know he loved life- his family and friends. He will be remembered by many and missed by all.
    Take Care
    Louise Shorter

  2. Cat Mitby on May 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Chris, Jeff & John…I didn’t know your dad well…I just dropped off food for him & your mom…but…in that short time , he always greeted me at the door with a smile..told me that he loved my goulash & always left me feeling better for having chatted with him. Losing a parent is numbing…but I hope you find peace in fact that he was a GOOD man and kind to even a stranger like myself. I am blessed to have met your dad & am positive he lives on through the 3 of you. Hold your mom’s hand a lot and make sure she sees your face… Love & prayers..Cat

  3. Dennis and Kathi Owens on May 12, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Mike’s death. He enjoyed being our boy’s baseball coach for many years. Take care of each other at this time of loss.
    Kathi and Dennis Owens

  4. Mary Lou Landman Yost on May 13, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Pat, I am truly sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Janis Gian on May 13, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Pat, we’re so sorry to learn of your brother’s passing. In reading his obit, I’m sure you have many memories that bring comfort. Love, Jan and family

  6. Bruce and Patty McDaniel on May 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Diane … I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s death. We just now found out.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are so sorry for his passing (as Jesus said ” he is only asleep”). He is missed. I was making plans for a visit during our high school reunion this year.

  7. Paul Fowler on November 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Diane, I am so sorry to hear the news of Mike’s passing. I just found out this morning, and I am so saddened. I was new to the trust business when I worked with Mike at the bank in Wichita, and he was always so helpful, nice and respectful to me during that time. I was pleased to be able to stay in contact after we both left and was glad to be able to work with him on a few things throughout the years that followed. He will be missed. May God bless and comfort you and your family.

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