Jan. 19, 1928 — Oct. 8, 2012
Ernest “Ernie” Nicolls passed away in Placerville on Oct. 8, 2012. He was born in Wessington Springs, S.D., on Jan. 19, 1928. The family moved to El Dorado, Calif., in 1939, then to Diamond Springs. He graduated from Ringold grammar school and El Dorado High. He served in the Philippines in the Navy.
When Ernie returned from the Philippines he started flying at the Placerville Airport. Flying was a joy to him, starting with models as a youngster. He was a charter member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 512 in Placerville, as well as two other chapters.
He worked at various jobs, settling in the Department of Transportation, El Dorado County. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He married Aileen in October 1949 and they enjoyed traveling, camping and sailing. He greatly enjoyed woodworking and hand crafted many guitars.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Aileen; daughter, Deborah Nicolls; and son, David (Toni) Nicolls; who both live in the Placerville area. He is also survived by three sisters, Sally (Frank) Lovings and Sylva Wilkins, both of Carmichael, and Ercel Brown of Ft. Collins, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd Nicolls and Mildred Lee; and his brother, Keith.
There will be no services as per Ernie’s wishes. Contributions in his name may be made to the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 512 of Placerville, or Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 (or online at snowlinehospice.org). Friends may sign an electronic guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.