Lee Roy Nickerson

October 20th, 1934November 15th, 2017

Lee Roy Nickerson passed peacefully into the presence of our Lord on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, in his home in Broomfield, Colorado.  He had celebrated his 83rd birthday three weeks before.

Lee Roy was born on October 20, 1934 in Grand Junction, Colorado and was the first born of four children of Cyrus Frank and Lola Mae Nickerson. He was preceded in death by his brother Harold Eugene Nickerson and is survived by his sister, Violet Ruth Covell and his brother, James Oliver Nickerson. 

Lee Roy attended primary and secondary schools in Grand Junction, Erie, Fort Collins, Timnath, and Johnstown, Colorado.  He learned the machinist’s trade during his service in the Navy and later became a carpenter in the Denver area.  His 30+ year career as a carpenter began with building homes in the Table Mesa neighborhood of Boulder. Eventually he worked only on commercial buildings which included Lyons Cement Plant, buildings on CU Campus, various Denver landmark buildings, DIA, and the conversion of the St. Vrain Nuclear Power Plant in Platteville, Colorado. He served for a few years as the business agent and president of the Boulder Carpenters Union Local 1480.  He enjoyed his vocation of carpentry, as well as collecting the tools that represent the history of his craft. 

In his retirement he also had an enthusiasm for genealogy discovering resources that placed him as the 11th generation of William Nickerson, founder of Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637.

Lee Ann Phillips met and married Lee Roy in 1962.  They raised their daughters, Kendal Lee and Katherine Ann in Boulder and enjoyed the fellowship and participation in the many activities of First Presbyterian Church of Boulder.

Lee Roy enjoyed a steadfast Christian faith, always honoring his Lord at mealtime regardless of where he ate.  He loved hunting, fishing, camping, a good story, and the preservation of a good joke.  He was quick to lend a hand with practical problems. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, Keenan, Shannon, Caleb, Rachael, and Eli. One of his favorite involvements was volunteering with the men of the Work Krew of First Presbyterian Church.

Lee Roy will be greatly missed by his wife, Lee Ann, his daughter Kendal and her husband and children, Michael, Shannon and Rachael Heinrich; his daughter Katherine and her children, Keenan, Caleb and Eli Huerta.



A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St., Boulder, Colorado.








It gives us great peace to know that we have an everlasting Lord and Savior. During this time of sorrow and grief, that same Lord and Savior holds each of us close to His heart, and I also believe He holds Lee Roy in the palm of His Hand. I pray you will find this true and helpful. Pastor Perry
Katherine and family, In this time of grief and mourning I pray for God's love and grace to encourage and uplift each of you. He alone can sustain us, all of us, in joy and in sorrow, so lean on Him. With my heartfelt sympathy I lift you all up in prayer. Colleen
Katherine and Family parting with our loved ones is so difficult. We know that our Father above has wrapped his arms around your father and given him life eternal in heaven. Jim and I are praying for comfort for you and yours in this difficult time. Jim and Sheryl
I had the pleasure of working with Lee in the Berthoud office of Carpenters Local #510. He was a very kind and fair person and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing him. I am sorry for your loss and extend heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Fill your hearts with beautiful memories to carry you through today and to bring you peace and joy EVERYDAY and gratitude for the blessing of having him in you lives. In sympathy, Gloria Smithers Montgomery
To Lee Ann and all the kids, my family sends their deepest sympathy. I know this last couple years have been a blessing, and the time you had with Lee Roy were indeed a gift. He had so much to share, and stories to tell. May your memories and god's blessing get you through this difficult time. Love, Kyra, also speaking for Anita