Steven Edward Nicol
Stephen Edward Nicol, 52, a Valley Hi/Peshastin
resident for 24 years, died at Central Washington
Hospital in Wenatchee, Wash., on the morning of Feb.
18, 2012, with his loving family holding his hands.
A memorial was held for Steve on March 12 at the
Best Western Icicle Inn banquet room in Leavenworth,
Steve was born Nov. 1, 1959, to William and Sue Mae
Nicol in Ridgecrest, the sixth of seven children. He grew
up there running barefoot, playing baseball in Little
League and being a redheaded devil to his older sisters.
As a child he paid close attention to his mom as she
cooked Sunday dinners. As a teen he attended
Burroughs High School and joined his mom on the staff
of Ridgecrest’s iconic restaurant, the Hideaway, a
steakhouse built by his Uncle Bud in the 1960s. It was
here where he began a lifelong restaurant cooking
After moving to Washington, he continued his career and was currently working at JJ Hills
Restaurant at the Best Western Icicle Inn in Leavenworth.
In 1989 he married Anitra Guldahl in Leavenworth, Wash. Together they have four children.
Steve was a good supportive husband and father through the ups and downs of family life and
was very proud of his children and two grandchildren.
His family loved and admired him. Steve had some personal struggles, but we will all
remember him for his friendly, funny nature and giving heart, his loyal work ethic and his perfect
steaks and apple pies.
Steve is survived by his wife Anitra Nicol of the family home; children Colton Nicol and
Chanci Nicol of Leavenworth and Audra Nicol and Mason Nicol of the family home; mother Sue
Mae Nicol (Stewart) of Ridgecrest; brother David Nicol of Ridgecrest; sisters Sharon (Ken)
Nuckolls of Ridgecrest, Rita Mckillop of Bodfish and Linda Hupka of Port Orchard, Wash.;
grandchildren Panthra and Aiden; as well as in- laws and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his father William, his sister Nancy and infant sister Cindy.
Submitted by the family of Steven Nicol
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