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Del “Bug Man” Nicholson

March 1, 1957


February 6, 2019




Del “Bug Man” Nicholson, 61, of Austin, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the University of Louisville Hospital from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on March 1, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of the late Ernest Nicholson and Anna Marie (Mikesell) Nicholson. Del was the former owner and operator of the old Arab/Mr. Pest Control Company in Scottsburg, Indiana for 22 years. He was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church and served his country during the Vietnam Era in the U.S. Navy. Del was a former member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and the Moose Family Center 2324. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. Del was an avid knife collector, liked trying different foods and listening to music, especially classic Rock and Roll. He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Dwayne, John, Gene, James, Betty, Ellen, Margie and Dorothy. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Ruby (Wright) Nicholson; two sons, Derek Nicholson and his wife Carey of Scottsburg, Indiana and Daniel Nicholson of Austin, Indiana; two adopted sons, Jason Howard of Seymour, Indiana and Devin Collins of Scottsburg, Indiana; three brothers, Dwight Nicholson of Arkansas, Charles “Chuck” Burnett of Utah and Frank Nicholson of New Albany, Indiana; two sisters, Darlena Halstead of Utah and Doris Heeke of New Albany, Indiana and one cherished grandson, Malachi Jordan Nicholson. The family requests donations be given to Collins Funeral Home to help with final expenses. Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

A Celebration of Del's Life will be held from 4:30 to 8 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Collins Funeral Home.

From: Dwight Nicholson


I will miss Delmar SO much. I used to be able to call Delmar or he would call me about weekly. It will be tough not being able to share our lives with one another. I love my remaining family members in S. Indiana and will be praying for healing. Dwight

From: Julie


I told Delmar once that he was truly my brother, not my brother-in-law. I love him and will cherish the many memories of him.

From: Beth Robison Nowlin


Del was a great guy. My husband really liked him because he did a great job at his job, also was a Washington Redskin fan

From: Rena Murphy


Having known you for the past 51 years it will be hard adjusting to you being gone. You will remain in my heart & prayers forever. Rest In Peace dear one. Love to your family, Rena

From: LaNell


My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God keep you under His mighty love and care during this time. Love LaNell

From: Diana


I am going to miss Uncle Delmar. He told me how I used to think he was Santa so the year before law the called me and left a message on Christmas, saying "Ho,Ho,Ho" I can hear his voice saying it over and over in my head and of course his "Howdy" Ivan sure he is with mom in Heaven where they have no more pain or sadness.

From: Rosalie Jordan (Pedigo)


Del will be missed terribly by our family. He was there through our losses and there are no words to express our much appreciated friendship to this man. I remember how he sat in our driveway until we got up the next morning after we lost my mom and the ongoing sympathy he had for us when we lost my brother. There are just no words to explain the love this man showed our family. I think what I will miss most was knowing that I could always reach him on Facebook and even if we got busy that he was always keeping up with me. Just two days before he got his angel wings he reached out with his "Good morning Sunshine" at 5 a.m. That is a "good morning" message that I will miss for the rest of my days. I'm so glad that I was able to speak to him the next day too and share a picture of our newest family member, my brother's first grandchild. I know that in my heart he is up there celebrating with my mom and brother right now with his arms around them. I know personally that losing someone unexpectedly is one of the hardest things a family can go through and I just want the Nicholson family to know that we are here for you just like Del was there for us when we needed it. Please know from the depths of our hearts that we are praying for your strength and healing and he will truly be missed by all of the Pedigo family, especially by my father Roger and myself.

From: C.Thompson


He was a Kind and Gentle Giant.He always made His Friends Feel He was Happy to see You. I am So Sorry to hear of this and will truly Miss Him. I know Del Loved The Lord His Kind Soul is Everlasting. GOD Bless You Ruby and the Family He Loved So.

From: Jennifer Geetha


I love and miss you, Uncle Delmar. I have so many wonderful memories of you, especially you coming out to the farm where I enjoyed “porch time” with you and watching you photograph beautiful nature photos.

From: Jodi Medlock


Your dear heart lives on in your loved ones. Love and peace to Aunt Ruby, Derek and Daniel.

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