Don Morris Nielsen (March 26, 2018)

November 16, 1933 ~ March 26, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial of ashes will be in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, IA

2 Sons – Pastor Phillip (DeAnn) Nielsen of Kirkman, IA
Mark (Amy) Nielsen of Saint Louis, MO
1 Daughter – Laura Kelly (husband, Dan Dean) of Winslow, AR
2 Sisters – Jeanne (Connie) Sorensen of Phoenix, AZ
Lona Louis of Chicago, IL
1 Brother – David (Sandy) Nielsen of Wayzata, MN
1 Sister-in-law – Cheryl Nielsen of Harlan, IA
1 Brother-in-law – Kenneth (Bonnie) Jensen of Albert Lea, MN
9 Grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Don Morris Nielsen passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa, at the age of 84 years, 4 months, and 10 days.

Don was born on November 16, 1933, on a farm near Jacksonville in Shelby County, Iowa, to Ralph and Frieda (Schmidt) Nielsen. He was baptized into Christ and confirmed his faith in Christ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. He graduated from Harlan High School, Harlan, Iowa, in 1951, and attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, for one year. Don served in the United States Navy.

On June 14, 1959, Don married Marie Kathrine Jensen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. They made their home in Omaha, Nebraska, where they welcomed their three children, Phillip, Laura, and Mark. Don worked as a draftsman for various companies over the years, first in Omaha, then in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1969 to 1990, and finally retiring in Haughton, Louisiana. In 2000, Don and Marie moved to Atlantic, Iowa.

Don loved both his family and his faith family. He was a leader in several churches: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Omaha, Nebraska), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (St. Louis, Missouri), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Shreveport, Louisiana), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Atlantic, Iowa), and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Atlantic, Iowa). Don was involved in various ministries including lay preaching, prison ministry, and child sponsorship.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, in 2014; his parents; and his brother, Stanley Nielsen. Survivors include son, Phillip Nielsen, his wife, DeAnn, of Kirkman, Iowa, and their children, Jessie Davie and her husband Dusty, and Eric, Isaac, Reece, Sheila, and Keisha Nielsen; daughter, Laura Kelly, her husband, Dan Dean, of Winslow, Arkansas, and their son, Quinn Kelly; son, Mark Nielsen, his wife, Amy, of St. Louis, Missouri, and their children, Holly and Milo Nielsen; sister, Jeanne Sorensen and her husband, Connie of Phoenix, Arizona; sister, Lona Louis of Chicago, Illinois; brother, David and his wife, Sandy, of Wayzata, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Cheryl Nielsen of Harlan, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Jensen and his wife, Bonnie, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Iowa, officiating. Burial of ashes was held in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, Compassion International, Church of the Damascus Road, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements.

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6 Responses to Don Morris Nielsen (March 26, 2018)

  1. WARREN and AMY JO ROLAND says:

    With so much love to you, Don’s precious family, from Grief Share friends who he cheered and encouraged from mourning to joy.
    We will sense his joy, optimism and songs until FOREVER!
    What a wonderful love of Heaven he shared as we learned with him – the Happiness of Eternal Perspectives!

  2. Richard Wright says:

    I have many fond memories of Don ! He was without a doubt the most religious Lay person I have ever known, and it was in a very loving and friendly manner ! The music at St Pauls in Atlantic has not been the same since Don went to Trinity. His voice was an encouragement and Lead the whole
    congregation. Of course one of my fondest memories was when Don invited me to golf with he and his son Mark and Mark’s friend from St Louis. We were St Paul’s team in the Okoboji bible camp tournament. What made it extra special was that my oldest son Rick had passed away in June of that year and he was an excellent golfer. Me not so much ! Also the tournament just happened to be on my Birthday, August 22nd. All day long I felt like my son’s spirit was with me and I sank about 5 or 6 birdie putts. Did I mention that our team Nielsen won the tournament.
    Don was such a good friend and a ROCK to lean on when I lost my son and both of my wives.
    He and Marie are now back together and their loving example will live forever !!!
    God’s Peace ! Richard Wright

  3. Debbie Stendrup says:

    Don will be missed by many. I will certainly miss him singing alone or with you Pastor on Saturday evening service. Very kind man with a beautiful voice he will be singing with the angels. With deepest sympathy.

    Debbie Stendrup

  4. Tonya says:

    Much love to the Nielsen family. I will miss Don’s singing voice, his stories about family, his love story with Marie, and his words of encouragement, and his dedication to sharing his love for Jesus.
    Love you all, Tonya

  5. Lindane Hoechst says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to you, Mark and Amy. May he rest in peace.

  6. Merlyn & Jeanette Knudsen says:

    Our sympathy and prayers. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you.”
    Merlyn & Jeanette Knudsen

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