Friends say Will "Bill" Nichelmann combined a gruff exterior with a kind heart that responded to those in need, especially children.
At Christmas, he bought presents for children who might not otherwise have any. On the Fourth of July, he decorated his golf cart, gathered up his beloved dogs -- Rumor, Sophie and Nelson -- and was part of the parade down the parkway.
During the time she coordinated the event for the Community Club, Virginia Nichelmann, his wife of 22 years, rode in the fire truck leading the parade.
Mr. Nichelmann was an avid golfer whose life came to an end after he was stricken by a heart attack Saturday and collapsed on the driving range at the Country Club. He was 78.
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