James Alvin Nielsen

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James Alvin Nielsen, 57, of Woodhill, Ill., died Sunday, March 3, 2013. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 9, at Osco Community Church in Osco, Ill, followed by interment at Andover Township Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday evening, March 8, at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo, Ill. Nielsen was born Aug. 28, 1955, in San Juan, Texas, the son of the Rev. Holger Nielsen and Beulah Henriksen Nielsen. On May 20, 1978, he married Naomi Louise Wendel and she survives. He worked as a design draftsman and then for 30 years as an elevator programmer. He also had his own farm vegetable and poultry business over the years, and since June 2011 had done that full time. In addition to his wife, Nielsen is survived by three daughters, including Clara Nielsen, Krista Johnson and her husband, Luke, and Katrina Nielsen, and one grandson. He is also survived by one brother, four sisters and their spouses, including Mark and Susan Nielsen, Pauline Johnson, Rachel and Ron Randall, Annie and Bob Crane, and Ruth and Bruce Kindred. Survivors also include his motherinlaw, Florine Wendel, of Fredericksburg; a brotherinlaw, Mark Wen del, and a sisterinlaw, Melissa Smith. Nielsen was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sara Watrous, and his fatherinlaw, the Rev. Rudy Wendel.
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