John W. Nicholas, a 24-year Ojai resident, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 75.
Nicholas was born May 15, 1921, in Grand Junction, Colo. He served in the Navy from 1940 to 1946, including a stint on the USS Memphis.
A retired field service engineer, he worked for Grumman Aircraft for 36 years. He served two one-year tours in Vietnam with the company and retired from the company's Point Mugu facility in 1983.
Nicholas was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kingsville, Texas, before moving to Ojai, where he attended Ojai Methodist Church.