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Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa


Saturday, March 10, 2018
No services are planned
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Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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Robert "Bear" Nicholson


Robert “Bear” Nicholson of Mingo – formerly of Des Moines/Bondurant, passed away March 1, 2018 after a courageous battle of Alzheimer’s.

Robert was born December 22, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Harry and Lucille Nicholson. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War as an airplane mechanic. Robert was a truck driver for various employers over the years while also being a drag racer both on the street and strip. After retirement he enjoyed street rodding with his ole’ geezer group and socializing while listening to his Rock & Roll.

The Bear is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Nicholson; daughter, Patty (Mike) Briggs; grandchildren, Mikey Briggs and Madison Briggs (Connor Meislahn) and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Lucy Nicholson.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., March 10, 2018 at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th Street SW in Altoona.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Robert.

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