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David Ross Neilson


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David Ross Neilson Obituary
July 6, 1949-April 23, 2018 Dunnigan David Ross Neilson passed away unexpectedly, Monday, April 23, in his Dunnigan home, in the company of his loving wife Sheri Neilson. David and Sheri recently celebrated Easter at their ranch in Dunnigan, along with their children, Chris and Marta Neilson; Andrea and Mark Bell; Richard and Katie Greves; April and Andrew Donald; grandchildren, Jack and Maxx Neilson; Jake and Quinn Bell; Olivia, Harper and Cora Greves; Piper, Lachlan and Hamish Donald; aunt Hazel Peterson; bother-in-law Bill Bickel; and extended family and friends. Other surviving relatives include his sister Marsha Dryden and husband Richard; his daughter Michele Machholz and child Ansel; his son Ross Greves, wife Jocelyn, and children Ross and Allison; and aunt Dolores Neilson. David was born in Woodland, and lived the rest of his life in Yolo County, growing up in Esparto, and then moving to Woodland. He attended Esparto High School and graduated from Woodland High School in 1967. He attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and earned a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. He started and managed a business in Woodland, American International Manufacturing, which designed and manufactured large scale food processing equipment. He later started and operated a farm, Buckeye Creek Farm, which produced blueberries, olives and derivative products. He worked from his late teens to the day he passed. He was a life member of the NRA. David had traveled the world in the company of Sheri. They visited all continents together including Antarctica. He was a sportsman and had gone on safari in Africa multiple times. His trophy room is diverse and includes animals from the American Bison and Elk to the African Kudo and Warthog. David is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nell Neilson; grandparents, Fred and Wilhelmina Neilson, Clarence and Bessie Flesher; and sister, Sue Bickel. There will be a viewing Monday, April 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St.; followed by a private graveside service, Tuesday, May 1, at Capay Cemetery; and a reception, open to all, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Heidrick Ag Museum 1962 Hays Ln., Woodland. In lieu of flowers, etc., please make a donation to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in David's name.
Published in Daily Democrat from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2018
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