David Andrew Nicely

David Nicely
David Andrew Nicely of Kansas City passed away on October 25, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. He was 66. 
David was born November 30, 1955, in Rockford, Illinois to Ann (Abbe) Nicely and Paul Lyman Nicely. The family lived in several cities throughout the Midwest before settling in Delaware, Ohio. David considered Delaware his hometown and graduated from high school there in1973.
David married Barbara Sharp in 1987. Three years later their triplets – Andrew, Blair, and Christopher- were born; Andrew passed away in childbirth.
While in high school, David developed an interest in cooking and began a long career in college food service when at 15 he took a job as a dishwasher at a residence hall at Ohio Wesleyan University. Rather than attend college, David rose through the ranks of what would become  Pioneer College Caterers, starting as a dinner cook, ultimately becoming President and then CEO of the company. After a 30-plus year career, during which he led the company’s significant growth, he retired in 2006.
In the 1970s, David began a long love affair with Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Long summer breaks from his college food service job allowed his adventurous spirit to soar. Times spent flying his single-engine plane, living in a teepee and a job as a trail cook for an outfitter were some of his fondest memories. For over 30 years David, his family, and friends enjoyed precious time together there. In Kansas City, David was an avid supporter of the arts, the Kansas City Chiefs and was a proud member of the Young Presidents’  Organization (Omega Forum). 
David was preceded in death by his parents and his son Andrew. He is survived by his wife Barbara, children Blair and Christopher, and brothers Timothy (Marylyn), John (Laurie), Jeffrey (Melinna)) Matthew (Severina) plus beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the many dear friends, caregivers, therapists, and doctors who provided him with love and care during his 19-year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Heartfelt thanks to his caregivers Thad, Cat, and Hollyanne, and the wonderful women of both Care Haven Home /Broadmoor and Good Shepherd Hospice.
As David once shared, “ Live life fully. Embrace and hold dear the joy and the gift of life. Never let pettiness interfere with your capacity for loving each other and those who are dear to you. Life is short. Love yourself so you can fully love others”.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 2 pm – 5 pm at The Simpson House, 4509 Walnut in Kansas City.

Memorial Contributions

The family asks that donations be made in his memory to The Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org) to fund research. 


  1. Paulette Ladd Brooks on January 13, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Deepest Sympathy

  2. Meatball Walters on November 19, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    AMEN brother David –
    What a sweeeet smile … and the sweet person who OWNED it. Sssssoooo MUCH fun, love and hugs with this fella over 40+ years. Hard worker, Hard lover, and Hard “play”er! He definitely got ALL out of … and … GAVE ALL the BEST of LiFE to his friends … !!! Missing you!

  3. jeffrey p van thullenar on November 6, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    To the Nicely family: so sorry for your loss, I enjoyed all the years taking care of your lawn and landscape, and David kept me on my toes, making me a better landscaper. Super nice guy and straight up. Prayers.

  4. Dick Zasadny on November 5, 2022 at 8:12 am

    His gentle spirit remains in my memory.

  5. Dan Bridges on November 5, 2022 at 5:34 am

    So sorry to hear this Barb. God bless u and family. M

  6. Gail Mendenhall on November 5, 2022 at 3:43 am

    My heart goes out to Barbara & the whole Nicely family. My sympathy to all.
    I remember David….such a kind man. His father
    Married me and my husband Jim!
    May he rest in peace. God Bless,
    B. Gail Mendenhall.

  7. Linda and Tony DiFolco on November 4, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Barb, Blair and Christopher,
    What a beautiful remembrance of David. Though we didn’t know him well, his amazing spirit was so obvious. Wishing you all peace and love for each other. David is in the best place. We’ll see him there soon enough.
    Linda and Tony

  8. The Freyder on November 4, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Barb and Chris and Blair,

    The freyder family sends our heartfelt condolences . David was such an wonderful person and a joy to know. We’re honored to have known him. You’re in our thoughts and prayers!

  9. Julieann Quattrocchi on November 3, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Barbie, I’m writing to you with truly sincere condolences….I remember you as my friend and
    Classmate. I’ve enjoyed seeing you and your lovely family on Facebook thru the years.
    I always saw Joy in your faces. I’m sure you have comfort from your family and I hope
    You are well. I offer you peace and love. Your David looked very happy and sweet and I’m
    Sure you enjoyed your life together! God Bless You and Your Family.

  10. David Rapp on November 3, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Barbara

  11. Margo Quiriconi on November 3, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of David’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing David (and Barb as well). and experiencing his energy—such a great smile and laugh as well. Our shared connections: Mark Haskell, New Orleans, the KCBallet and Pilates. Love and light to you all. His memory is a blessing to all.

  12. MaryBeth Hershey on November 3, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Barb, Hank and I are sad to hear of David’s passing Sending prayers to your family! David’s delightful humor & smile will be our memory of years partying at the KCBallet Ball! What a Great Human❣️

  13. Karen williams on November 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    I was so sorry to read of Dave’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this
    Difficult time.

  14. The Rev. Sean Laird Dugan on November 3, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Barbie…I know that “ thoughts & prayers” will never cover what you and family/friends are experiencing…may you find the peace to continue with a sense of your husband’s presence with you always…may the love of him & those most dear to your heart keep you in a place of continuous awareness that you are not alone.

  15. Rita SerVoss on November 3, 2022 at 11:40 am

    To the Nicely Family: so sorry for your loss of this very special person. We have been blessed with friendship from all of you and will miss David and those special times in Montana. Sending hugs and love your way with wishes of seeing you all again someday. Take good care. Dave and Rita.

  16. Kathi Welch on November 3, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Such a difficult journey, but David was blessed to have you, Chris and Blair by his side. Sending peace and love.

  17. Linda Nobles on November 3, 2022 at 10:27 am

    David was truly a special person. We have many lovely memories of times spent together in YPO. And I often think of the trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival that we enjoyed so much with David. I was and remain in awe of David’s strength and perseverance in fighting and living with Parkinson’s. He will always be an inspiration to me.

  18. Lee Finnegan on November 3, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Barb, So very sorry to hear this. May you be comforted by the many wonderful memories of time spent together. My heart goes out to you, Blair and Chris.

    • Hollyanne Muder on November 3, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Dear Nicely family,

      Over the years that I had the honor to know you all and care for David have been a blessing. He was an amazing person inside and out. From his smile to his laugh. From his witty comments to his way of making everyone feel welcome. He truly was an angel walking among us. Though his time has come a piece of him will remain here in each one of us. Bless you all. May his memories help you get through this hard time and your love for each other. My friend, I will miss you and I am grateful for all the lessons you have taught me.

  19. Mark Haskell on November 3, 2022 at 9:40 am

    I am so happy I know Dave, and will keep him, and Barb & their families in my heart. I knew Dave as a teenage boy, we had some wonderful adventures – and then later as a grown man – and had further wonderful adventures. So, I give thanks & recognition brother, I’ll miss you. Mark

  20. Sandy Smith, RN on November 2, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    It was my sincere honor to serve David as his hospice nurse. His contagious smile and sense of humor will stay with me for a lifetime. Prayers for peace and comfort for his family

  21. Susie Popplewell on November 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Barb, Chris and Blair,
    We have so many fond memories of Dave and all the wonderful times we shared (loved our Montana visit!) with your family. I still make a couple of Dave’s most delicious recipes…
    We are deeply sorry for your loss and send you all the love and strength your heart can hold.
    Most Sincerely,
    Susie, Bill, Drew and William

  22. Jay Waldron on November 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this. Peace be with the family and loved ones.

  23. Andrew Dalton Green on November 1, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Humankind loses one of its best. A dear dear friend that will be missed deeply and the memory of his beauty will be with me daily. My heart goes out to you Barb and Blair and Chris.

    • David Lowrie on November 1, 2022 at 10:53 am

      His light will remain bright in my memories. He was loved by all that knew him. I’m so sorry for your loss.

      • Maria Temple Dowell on November 3, 2022 at 10:18 am

        Barbie, I am so very sorry. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs my friend.

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