Marlowe A. Nielsen - April 24, 2009Marlowe A. Nielsen of Grant, Neb., died Friday, April 24, 2009. Marlowe was born June 7, 1928, the second of the four sons of May Watson and Martin Nielsen. He grew up in Grant and went to local schools. He graduated from the Perkins County High School in 1948.
After service in the U.S. Army during the 1950s, he and the Nielsen family moved to San Diego, Calif., where he and his second wife, Pat, raised their son, Michael, and daughter, Cinda.
Nielsen began his career with Montgomery Ward and stayed with the company until he retired. At that time, he was the Oakland, Calif., store manager.
Always a sportsman who especially loved fishing and hunting, Marlowe spent a number of years after his retirement from Wards as manager of a recreational lake (the San Pablo Reservoir) in El Sobrante, Calif. He was always happy to show photos of his record-breaking catches.
Two years ago, he moved back to his hometown of Grant. He found old friends, made new friends, and enjoyed getting to know and love his grandchildren and great-grandchildren from his first marriage.
In addition to his parents, Marlowe was preceded in death by his older brother, Darold, his wife, Patricia Deming Nielsen, and a grandson, Justin Banning Cockerill.
He is survived by two brothers and three sisters-in-law, LaVerne Nielsen and B.J. Weatherby of Greensboro, N.C., Dale and Marietta Nielsen of La Mesa, Calif., and Eleanor Nielsen of Chula Vista, Calif.; his children and their spouses: Melody Sides of Piedmont, S.D., Cinda and Steve Leipelt of Stockton, Calif., and Michael W. Nielsen and Joan Bauman-Nielsen of Martinez, Calif.; 11 grandchildren: Anne Frances, Alexandra Faith and Sean Michael Nielsen; Patricia Ann Leipelt Tinoco and husband Victor, Stefanie Michelle and Matthew Stephen Leipelt; Sheryl Brown and husband Scott, Casey Cockerill and wife Becky Taylor, Seth Cockerill and wife Casandra Klima, and Jeremiah and Jessie Shireman; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
A committal service will be held at the Grant Cemetery on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. Following the service, a reception for friends and family will be held at the Grant Senior Center.
He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a contribution to the Perkins County Senior Center, which Marlowe thoroughly enjoyed.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.