Myron K. Nielsen of Dannebrog, died on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island at the age of 90.
A Private Family Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Oakridge Cemetery in Dannebrog. Visitation will be from 5-8 P.M. on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
He was born in Omaha on January 8, 1932 and was adopted by Chris and Thresa (Tucker) Nielsen of the Cleveland precinct south of Dannebrog. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools, and graduated from Dannebrog High School in 1949. He went through more cars during his high school years than most, driving too fast and blowing up the engines. He would just get another. Myron was incredibly intelligent and loved everything about Dannebrog. He knew more than anyone about Dannebrog and the surrounding areas and loved to tell everyone what he knew, whether they wanted to hear it or not, and he was always right… about everything!
He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dannebrog. Myron was an accomplished vocalist and often sang in school, church, and for weddings. For many years, he sang Oh Holy Night for Christmas Eve services at the Lutheran church.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from May 1951 to March 1955. Basic training was in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland Air Force Base. He later was stationed in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Greenland.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he returned home to rural Dannebrog. He met Eleanor Gembica at the Glovera Dance Pavilion in Grand Island and they were married on June 28, 1956 in Clay Center, Nebraska and were later divorced. Myron and Eleanor farmed in the Cleveland area, had a Grade A dairy herd, and he did custom baling as well. He also worked at Southard Implement in St Paul. He began Nielsen Electric in the late 1960’s and was very successful.
Myron was very civic minded, he served as a Howard County Commissioner from 1969 to 1981. He also served on the Dannebrog Village Board from 2000 to 2002.
He liked to golf, fish, play cards, hunt, and travel. He enjoyed tractor pulling, both as a spectator and participant. He wintered in McAllen Texas for many years.
Survivors include son, Jim (Coryn) Nielsen of Dannebrog; daughters Rita (Jay) Flohr, Julie Liske and Colleen (Todd) Gallion all of Grand Island, Connie Morton and Gina Lamm of Dannebrog; 12 grandchildren, Chris (Jill) Flohr, Michelle Liske and Jamie Brown, Tanner (Jamie) Morton, Alex Gallion, all of Grand Island, Nicole (Matt) McClure of Phillips, Tasha Morton of Aurora, Caitlin (Nick) Wise of Gretna, Jackson and Logan Lamm, Chase and Shane Nielsen, all of Dannebrog, and Bryan Liske of Trumbull; and great-grandchildren, Josh Flohr, Pennilyn Wise, Ryne, Maddyn, Blake and Royston McClure, Harper Dey, Hunter Morton and Erin Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter, Megan Gallion.
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