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Gerald Robert Nielsen, age 63, of Trufant, passed away early Monday morning, September 14, 2015 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The son of Octa & Elda (Osgood) Nielsen, he was born on December 2, 1951 in Greenville.

A skilled craftsman, Gerald worked for over 25 years for his brother, Al, at Nielsen Construction.  Blessed with a green thumb, Gerald was also an avid gardener, enjoyed listening to his police scanner, and was a NASCAR fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  a sister, Carolyn Nielsen;  and a sister-in-law, Karla Nielsen.  Surviving are his brother, Al & Maxine Nielsen of Trufant;  three nephews, Mike & Barb Nielsen of Greenville, Dan Nielsen and Kim Kalchik of Trufant, and Ron & Lisa Nielsen of Howard City;  seven great nieces and nephews;  and his ever faithful canine companion, Ruffy.

Visitation is from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions will be available.  Private family services will be held and burial will take place at Little Denmark Cemetery in Gowen.

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  1. Barbara Wood on September 14, 2015 at 12:00 am


    I didn’t know Gerald but I worked with his mother back in the late 70’s at Nursing Home
    in Greenville. Elda was older but she worked hard, I have such fond memories of working with her. She spoke highly of her family. It’s funny how you forget someone and read an obituary and it brings it all back together!!! Sorry for your loss, keep your memories close to your heart. Talk of Gerald often to keep his memory alive!!

  2. Jeff Karn Orlowski on September 15, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. Sue and Vern Beebe on September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of Gerald ‘ s passing. He was a great childhood friend, I have fond memories of playing at their home. Hope he had a minimum amount of pain. Love and sympathy to you and your family.

  4. John Collier on September 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Al, I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my prayers. I have prayed for Gerald on different occasions with other men from our ministry, and I trust that your brother is now with the Lord.

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