Nils William Nilsen (1928 - 2012)

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Nils William Nilsen, master sergeant, retired, 83, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Lake Aerial, Pa., Dec. 6, 1928, to the late Sara Davis and Gustav Nilsen. He was a first generation American from Norway, on his father's side, and very proud to be. He was the oldest of seven children and joined the military at a young age. He was very proud of his country and loved to be a part of her military forces. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1944 and later he was transitioned to the Air Force. He served in World War II, The Korean War, and later in Vietnam. He retired in 1976 as a master sergeant with 32 years of service. He met and fell in love with Jean, a waitress in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and they were married on Aug. 15, 1952, at the chapel on Eglin Field later to be known as Eglin Air Force Base. They had six children and moved all around the world before returning to Florida once again to retire.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorna Jean Lumley Nilsen; daughter, Marie Lousie Nilsen Paulus; and son, Lawrence Gustav Nilsen; and brothers, George, Russell, Carl and Raymond Nilsen of Pa. Nils is survived by brother, Lawrence Nilsen, Ariz.; and his sister, Yvonne Nilsen Pope, Pa.; and children, Gaye Martin of Lafayette, Ind., Wayne Nilsen of League City, Texas, Ronnie and Harriett Radford of Mossy Head, Fla., Russ Paulus of Crestview, Fla., and Robert and Grace Nilsen of Niceville; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him very much.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at noon, with a funeral service at 1 p.m., at Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway E., Niceville, FL. Interment will follow at Live Oak Cemetery, Crestview.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Aug. 3, 2012
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