Our loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle passed away peacefully at 97 years of age on June 28, 2023. Bernard was born on April 25, 1926, in Sylvan, Wisconsin, to his loving parents Roland Nicks and Lela (Harris) Nicks. He was the middle child, with 2 sisters and was raised in Viola, Wisconsin, by his mother. She was widowed when Bernard was only two years old, as her husband succumbed to injuries he sustained from World War I. Bernard was drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1944 and received a GED from Viola High School in 1947. He reenlisted in the US Air Force and served for 20 years. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After military service, he became a civilian employee at Hill Air Force Base, working in aircraft maintenance and as an aircraft inspector until his retirement in 1984.
Bernard met the love of his life, Dolores R. Italasano, in 1950. They married at St. Marguerite’s Church, in Tooele, Utah, on June 2, 1951. They were married for 70 years and had three children; Ronald, Mary Ann and Alan. Bernard’s military career took him to many places including Germany, Guam and Iceland, and later with his family to Florida, Colorado, California and Massachusetts. Eventually they settled in Layton, Utah, where he retired and spent the rest of his life.
He was very proud of his military service and time spent as a federal civil servant. He enjoyed sharing stories about his time in the service, particularly about when he was a gunner on a B-24 Aircraft. He enjoyed many hobbies including baseball, fishing, cooking, and driving his family on road trips. He was very skilled at tinkering around the house and fixing things. He continued to mow his lawn until he was 94 years old! He enjoyed spending time with his family and with his grandchildren. He loved to tease and joke with them and enjoyed teaching them how to cook
and how to drive. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he served on financial committees and as a Scout Leader. Bernard will be missed by all of his family and friends. He was a gentle, kind and caring man.
Bernard is survived by his 3 children Ronald Nicks, Mary Ann (Kevin) Flinders, and Alan Nicks (Chris Alder); 3 grandchildren Robby Facer, Bradley Nicks and Carissa Flinders. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores, his parents, his sisters and their spouses Margaret
(Pershing) Shuckhart and Flossie (Mel) Anderson, and his daughter in-law Rebecca (Becky)
The family would like to thank A Plus Hospice, particularly Nurse Thomas, Chaplain Tiffanie and the many other care givers from A Plus, Chancellor Gardens and all of their wonderful, caring staff, Father Vidal and Deacon Trujillo of St. Rose of Lima Church, for the care and service they provided to our father.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Utah Veteran’s Cemetery Memorial Park, 17111 1700 W., Bluffdale, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel in Bluffdale.
Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.