With great sadness, we announce that Dr. Ronald D. Nichol, 63, of Kansas City, Missouri, beloved son, brother, uncle, physician and friend died July 15, 2022, with his loving family at his side.
Ronald Dale Nichol was born October 27, 1958 in Champaign, IL to Ronald and Betty (Wirth) Nichol. He was raised in the Chicago suburbs as a child, then moved to Germany where his father worked as a mechanical engineer. Upon returning to the States, they moved to Davenport, Iowa where Ron graduated from Davenport West High School in 1976, excelling both in academics and athletics. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa in 1980 before attending medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984.
After residency, Ron worked as a family physician in Des Moines for six years before finding his home in Kansas City in 1993. Ron practiced family medicine in Kansas City for almost 30 years, first at St. Joseph Medical Center and for the past seventeen years at St. Lukes South. Rons passion was his work as a physician and taking care of his patients. He had loyal and long-term patients, and his colleagues, nurses and patients recognized him as an exceptional and knowledgeable doctor. Dr. Nichol wanted to thank his neurosurgeons Dr. Jonathan Breshears and Dr. Brian Milligan and oncologist Dr. Tolga Tuncer who were remarkable during his battle with brain cancer.
Ron enjoyed traveling, taking several trips to Europe, as well as vacations to scuba dive and ski. Some of his favorite trips were to Italy and years later to Mexico with his mother, sister and nieces and nephews. Fitness and cycling were an important part of his lifestyle. Ron loved antiques and finding beautiful and unique pieces for his home. He enjoyed gardening and caring for his yard and was a member of the Kansas City Rose Society. Ron also spent time with his friends at Lake Winnebago.
Survivors include his mother Betty Nichol of Bettendorf, IA, sister Kathy (Jim) Whelan of Mattawan, MI and brother Tom (Elizabeth) Nichol of Ardmore, TN; six nieces and nephews, Nichole (Drew) McGaughey, Ashley (Brennan) Aschleman, Jonathan Nichol, Lauren (Taylor) Doorlag, Eric (Susie) Nichol, Ryan (Kate) Cowherd; numerous great nieces and nephews; Mary Barickman, close friend of several decades who cared for him after his diagnosis. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald J. Nichol.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 6-8 pm at Muehlebach Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 10 am at Visitation Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to Kansas City Hospice or the Kansas City Rose Society.