We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Columbia Mortuary
The Columbia Falls community has lost a bright star. Winslow Curt Nichols, age 19, died on
June 7th, living the life he loved while climbing Mt. Brown in Glacier National Park. He was a
2021 graduate of Columbia Falls High School and a 2022 graduate of the United States Military
Academy Preparatory School at West Point, NY. He was a confirmed member of the Columbia
Falls United Methodist Church.
In high school, Winslow was a competitive varsity soccer player for the Wildcats, played tenor
saxophone in high school bands and the Columbians Jazz Band, was a member of Model UN,
and was Captain of the Glacier Nordic Ski Team (3 years). He was admired by teachers and
peers alike. He set his goals high for a future in the military. He joined the Montana Army
National Guard at the age of 17, and he completed basic training at Fort Jackson Columbia, SC,
in August 2020. Winslow was not only a guy who you wanted to know but also a guy who
would, and could, have your back.
Winslow excelled academically in his first year at the United States Military Academy
Preparatory School. He was a member of the Color Guard, Sandhurst Military Skill Competition
Team, the History Club, and Alpine Ski Club. His marksmanship was a noted strength. Despite
leaving the comforts of Columbia Falls for West Point, NY, he easily made friends from across
the country. He enjoyed adventures with new friends, road-tripping south to Florida and
Alabama. Winslow set his sights high by accepting an appointment to the United States Military
Academy to pursue a degree in engineering.
In his free time,Winslow could be found in the great outdoors. He loved Nordic, alpine and
backcountry skiing. He took after his grandfather who loved to cast a line along Montana’s
premier fishing waters. After returning home from his first year at the preparatory school,
Winslow showed a deep appreciation for his roots. Winslow was wise beyond his years, and his
maturity stemmed from a strong commitment to self and dedicated service to his country.
Winslow truly brightened all of our lives. He was hard-working, humble, dedicated, friendly, and
kind. He lived life with a full heart and shone his light on everyone he encountered. His impact
on this world will live on.We are all better people for knowing Winslow.
Winslow is survived by his parents, Ron and Sabrina, his brother, Walton, his grandmother,
Kathy Sigler, and grandparents, Homer and Roberta Nichols. He was preceded in death by his
grandfather, Chuck Sigler. He is also survived by his aunt Sarah Sigler; great aunts Kris Sheldon,
Julie Klontz (John), and Becky Wray; uncles Kit Nichols (Laurie), Bryan Nichols (Kathy), and
Neil Tardiff; great uncles Vaughn Wray (Beth) and Jim Carriger, and cousins Kamila Ponce,
Jennifer Garnsey (Brandon), Nathan Nichols (Serenity), and Jamie Bowers (Jason). He leaves
behind many dear friends far and near.
His Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 13th at the Columbia Falls High School Soccer
Field at 10:00 am, rain or shine. A link to the live stream will be available through the online
obituary. A reception and luncheon will follow at the high school cafeteria.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the future Winslow Nichols Memorial
Scholarship fund to PO Box 2225, Columbia Falls, MT 59912