Joe Alton Nickell

1931 - 2017

About the Service

A funeral service will be held at 10am on Thursday, August 3 at Allen Mortuary. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Joe Alton “Seppe” Nickell, 86 of Turlock, passed away on July 27, 2017 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House.

He was born on May 5, 1931 in Jester, Oklahoma. His family moved to Bakersfield in 1941 where he attended and graduated from Bakersfield High in 1948. He served as a Sergeant in the US Air Force from 1950 – 1953. He married Billie Jo Goss “Jodie” on February 12, 1956. A year later, in 1957, they adopted three children, Steven, Linda and Arlene. In 1958, Michael Aaron Nickell was born, followed by Matthew Darrin Nickell in 1961.

In the mid 1970’s he founded Majestic Homes of California and built many custom homes in the Turlock area. He later formed Janco Construction with his two sons Michael and Darrin.

Between 1985 and 1986, he lost his youngest son Darrin, his mother Lillian and two brothers, Leon and Kenneth.

He is survived by his son Michael Nickell and daughter-in-law Amy Nickell of Turlock, two grandchildren Sarah Borba of Kennewick, WA, and Aaron Nickell of Yuma, AZ, and his adopted children Steven Nickell of Galt and Linda Brown of Fresno.

He is preceded in death by his wife Billy Jo Nickell in January, his son Darrin Nickell and adopted daughter Arlene Nickell, as well as his five brothers Jesse, Edgar, Kenneth, Benjamin and John.

A funeral service will be held at 10am on Thursday, August 3 at Allen Mortuary. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.


Remembrances

  1. Our mother, Mary Nickell Potter, was Uncle Joe’s only sister. She loved her brother very much and always hated that they lived so many miles apart! I have such great memories of trips our family took from Texas to California to visit Uncle Joe and Aunt Jodi and also treasure the memories of when they came to Texas to visit us! We loved them so much and will miss them terribly!!!! Our love to Steven, Linda, Michael, Amy, Sarah and Aaron and their families. Uncle Joe always loved telling us about his precious grandchildren!!!!

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