(Howard) Terry Nicholson was born August 14, 1941, in a small four-room house on what is now known as Poe Lane off Coburn’s Fork Road near Jarvisville, West Virginia. His parents, Howard and Ethel, taught him their values of hard work, education, and service to others. He grew up in rural West Virginia running the hills, creeks and step mines with the five Lowe boys. It was a boy’s iconic dream. Terry graduated from Bristol High School in 1959 where he was a star basketball player. He married Bonnie Ritter in 1960 and graduated from West Virginia University in 1964 with an Agricultural Science degree. Together with Bonnie, he raised 3 children after moving to Wooster, Ohio that same year.
Terry’s long career in agriculture started at the dairy barn at the OARDC in Wooster, progressed to the Gotfredson ranch in Michigan before he moved back to Wooster to run a successful Holstein herd at the Logil Farm west of Wooster. After 33 years in the dairy business, Terry transitioned to work for the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and retired in 2020 from the USDA/FA as a District Director after 33 years of service. Terry was a founding member of the “Old Dairymen’s Association” a group of friends that meet for breakfast on Saturdays, and have all been involved in farming in one way or another in Wayne, Holmes or Ashland County. Terry is probably best known for the lasting relationships he has built with the people he has come in contact with throughout his life. Whether in the workplace, business arena, casual encounter or family relations, Terry created bonds that lasted his whole life.
Terry and Bonnie were married for 46 years and fought a 15-year battle with kidney disease until Bonnie passed away in 2006. Terry met and fell in love with Cathy (Hochstetler) in 2010 and were married in 2022. Dad described Cathy as “my partner in love, in life and in business. Hard working, smart and the glue that holds us together. She has taken me places I never been and would have never gone.”
Survived by his wife Cathy Nicholson of Wooster, daughter Terri Lynn (Rich) Brosseau of Wooster, son Howard Timothy (Robyn) Nicholson of Dallas, Texas, and son Andrew Mark Nicholson of Wooster, and two stepchildren Rachael (Rich) Fishburn and Jon (Jill) Hochstetler of Wooster. Terry had 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter all of which he loved dearly.
Terry was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Bonnie Nicholson, sister Elaine (Spera) and brother Phillip Nicholson.
Terry was a loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend and will be sorely missed by all.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH with Greg and Jon Rumberg officiating.
Family and friends will be received 2 hours prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wooster Youth Instructional Football, 1724 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com