Gene Nicholls was the son of Stanley and Ruth Nicholls. He grew up in Ypsilanti, Stutsman County, North Dakota.
Jeannine Lund was also born in the Ypsilanti community, the son of Martin and Avis Lund.
Both natives of the Ypsilanti community, Gene and Jeannine were married on August 1, 1949. Gene became a rural mail carrier in 1951, a position he still held in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
They had three children: Jay, who married Patricia Graves; Joni, who was married to Darcy Zink; and Guy, who married Susan Hystad.