Dennis P. Nichols Profile Photo
1948 Dennis 2022

Dennis P. Nichols

August 13, 1948 — August 10, 2022



Dennis Peter Nichols passed away at the age 73 (almost 74) in Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. He was born on Friday, August 13, 1948, in New York City to Peter and Anne Nichols, who lived in Queens, NY for their entire lives.

Dennis graduated with a BS from Butler University in 1970. He later received his Executive MBA from Northern Illinois University. It was at Butler that Denny the Delt from Delta Tau Delta met Jan Lou Bryant from Pi Beta Phi. Denny and Jan were married on August 19, 1972, celebrating fifty years together this month.  Throughout their marriage they lived in more than a dozen homes in eight different states. A scientist turned into a salesman, he climbed the corporate ladder to CIO and owned a small business before retiring. 

Denny is survived by his wife Jan Nichols, his four children, Melissa Wiley (Luke Wiley), Trent Nichols (Misty Nichols), Lindsay Kelley (Drew Kelley), Blair Bryant Nichols, and his eight grandchildren.

In addition to spending time with his family, Denny enjoyed golf and sports, traveling, and most importantly dining. Dennis became a foodie later in life and enjoyed seeking out gourmet meals and innovative chefs. He loved theater and the musicians from his high school and college days and was an avid consumer of television, movies and documentaries, books, podcasts and more. He was constantly learning and sharing things he found interesting. His devilish humor and appetite for life will be missed but carried on.

If you’d like to make a contribution in Denny’s honor:

Donate to World Central Kitchen


Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need


WCK is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team mobilizes to the frontlines with the urgency of now to start cooking and provide meals to people in need. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks or emergency kitchens, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. We know that good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis.

WCK has provided more than 150 million fresh, nourishing meals for communities around the world. Your donation today will be used to support our emergency food relief efforts. 

Memorial Service and Address for Flowers:

Wednesday, August 17, 2022  

Visitation with family and light lunch: 12-1pm

Service of remembrance: 1-2pm

Harry W Moore Chapel (Indiana Funeral Care)
8151 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis, IN 46250

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dennis P. Nichols, please visit our flower store.

Visits: 67

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree