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Kenneth Ray Nickell, age 85, of Chillicothe, Missouri, formerly of Browning, Missouri, died Monday, December 20, 2021 at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.

The son of Ray and Eva (Baker) Nickell, he was born September 21, 1936. On November 15, 1958, he married Frances Christy and to this marriage their three daughters were born, Elaina, Sherry, and Diana.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Nickell of the home, their daughters and husbands, Elaina and Rob Head of Browning, Sherry and Roger Foster of Camdenton, and Diana and Gary Rhoades of Liberty. Five grandchildren Dyrek and Shelby Head of Olathe, Charity Perez of Kearney, Cassandra and Caleb Hopkins of Liberty, Shanna and Matt Gummig of Liberty, Jaron and Angie Foster of Eldon, Missouri. Great grandchildren, Kendall Pham, Macie and Braxton Head, Emma and Jackson Perez, Luke Hicks, Corbin and Colden Hopkins, Penny, Peter, and June Gummig. Brother and sister-in-laws Marvin and Mary Christy, Evelyn Graham, Roy Christy, Carol and Charles Bennett, and Karolee Christy. Several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Eva Nickell, Father and Mother-in-law, Jay and Dorothy Christy, Brothers-in-law Clinton Christy and Eldon Christy.

Kenneth was a member of the First Baptist Church in Browning. He accepted the Lord and was baptized October 14, 1958. Kenneth was a member of the Browning Fire Department for many years.

Kenneth graduated in 1955 from Liberty High School in Browning. He was a farmer and farmed since he was 9 years old with his dad, Ray. When his dad passed away, Kenneth Ray and his wife, Frances did the farming. When he was 70 years old, he retired from farming.

Kenneth was very dedicated to his farming, and he continued to do things around the farm. He loved gardening. He loved his wife of 63 years and his three daughters and their husbands, his five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and his friends. He will never forget all the great special times spent with his family and grandkids. He spent the most time he could with family, riding 4-wheelers, fishing, and the time around the farm was cherished. He also always looked forward to going to Miller’s Garage and Cordray Coffee Shop in his spare time and visiting with friends.

Graveside services for Kenneth will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Jenkins Cemetery, East of Browning. Schoene- Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Browning First Baptist Church, Jenkins Cemetery, or the Browning Fire Department.