NIELSEN, Richard E. "Dick" age 93, born in Chicago, IL, formerly of Clearwater, and resided in Woodstock, GA, died Dec. 10, 2013. Richard is the son of the late Edward Nielsen and Anna Josephson, who migrated from their native countries of Denmark and Sweden, respectively. Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Nielsen. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Nielsen. Richard is survived by four children, Mark Nielsen (Marisa Nielsen), Rick Nielsen, Bob Nielsen (Rose Martin) and Mary Ann Nielsen (Wendy Giroir); and three step children, Mark Kitayama, Ben Marchuk and Joel Hustad. He leaves behind two grandchildren, Dawn Emmons (Blake Emmons) and John Nielsen; and two great-grandsons, Jordon Nielsen and Landon Emmons. He also enjoyed extended family Kathryn Pratt, Courtney Foster and Freddie Foster. Richard is a WWII Army Veteran, landing on Omaha Beach 4 days after the invasion of Normandy. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Mortain, and assisted in the liberation of Maastricht, NL. Richard was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic achievement in the Army during WWII. He also served his country with over 29 years in the United States Air Force including the Korean War and Viet Nam conflict. Richard was a devoted and caring husband and father. He loved life, laughter & the company of his family and friends. He was an avid golfer and football fan. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, winning smile and fighting spirit. He will be missed and loved forever. He will live on in all that knew and love him. A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 23rd, at 10:45 am, at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines. www.woodstockfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 18, 2013