Former Alaskan Juel Richard "Dick" Nielsen died of age-related causes Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at his home in Florence, Ore. He was 86.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Spruce Grove Cemetery in Kasilof. A reception will follow.
Mr. Nielsen was born Feb. 22, 1916, in San Francisco to Juel Hans and Minnie Freitag Nielsen.
He first came to Alaska during World War II to work in Kodiak on the military base. He also spent many years painting on the White Alice sites throughout the state. He and his wife, Mildred, operated the Naptown Inn in Sterling from 1955 to 1957.
Mr. Nielsen lived in Anchorage, Nikiski and Kasilof for 50 years before moving to Florence in 1996. He married Sallie Kelly in 1989.
He loved fishing, hunting, clam digging and being surrounded by his friends and family.
"His example to all of us as he helped guide us through life will never be forgotten," his family wrote.
Mr. Nielson was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred.
He is survived by his wife, Sallie; sons, Wayne Nielsen of Tucson, Ariz., and Dennis Nielsen of San Francisco; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Grant Fritz of Kasilof; daughter, Patricia Baldridge of Soldotna; grandchildren and their spouses, Patrick and Carol Schmidt of Anchorage, Suellen and Robbie Thompson of Ninilchik, Jamie and Joy Baldridge of Soldotna, Jeanine and Bill Garry of Juneau, John and Sheilah Baldridge of Fairbanks, Judy Karlen of Carnation, Wash., Marina and Greg Bosick of Kasilof, Katie and Dave Blossom of Kasilof and Julie and Joe McElroy of Gunnison, Colo.; sister, Anita Swartling of Cottonwood, Calif.; seven stepchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Andreason's Cremation and Burial Service in Florence.
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