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George Corbett Nielsen (1930 - 2013)

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George Corbett Nielsen

Yuma, Arizona —George Corbett Nielsen, 83, formerly of Vaughn and Wolf Creek, died of natural causes May 3, 2013 at his son's home on in Yuma AZ.

George was born in Great Falls MT on April 8, 1930, to Fanny Irene Corbett and James Christian Nielsen. He was raised in the Vaughn area attending grade school at Vaughn and High School at Simms.

George enlisted in the US Marine Corp in March 1951. On May 12th of that same year, he married Dorothy Bardwell in Great Falls. Their first child, a daughter, Georgia was born and would be 18 months old before her father returned from Korea. George was discharged in 1954 and two sons, Darryl and Dennis were born later.

George a.k.a. "Tiger George" actively raced his stock car at the Great Falls Speedway during its early years of operation. He was also a guide and hunter for several years in the Scapegoat Wilderness. He hauled cattle in an 18-wheeler and broke horses.

When his family was growing up he was active in little league and was a referee for High School basketball. He followed his children in their school activities and when the boys were active in their sports, he was their greatest fan.

George was a switchman for the Great Northern Railroad until he was injured in an accident. He operated the 200 Café in Vaughn for 16 years until he and Dorothy retired to Wolf Creek, MT. where they spent their summers, while wintering in Apache Junction, AZ.

George is survived by his wife Dorothy of 62 years of Yuma, Arizona; his daughter Georgia (David) Rushton of Nephi, Utah; his sons Darryl (Christine) Nielsen of Vaughn and Dennis (Mary) Nielsen of Yuma, Arizona; his brother Sterlin (Virgie) Nielsen of Vaughn; his sister Gwen (Tom) Gwynn of Price, Utah; sisters-in-law Wanda Nielsen of Santa Clara, Utah and Jacqueline Hauser of Sun City, Arizona; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers James and Marvin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25th, 11:00am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sun River Chapel, Sun River, Montana. Public visitation prior to the service, 10:00-10:45am, Sun River Chapel. Burial immediately following service in Sun River Cemetery. Croxford Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The American Legion Post #130, PO Box 367, Vaughn MT 59487 or the Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 58249, SLC Utah 84158-0249 *Please be sure to include a note indicating the individual you are honoring.

Condolences may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 22, 2013
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