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Harold L. Nielsen

8/5/1928 - 1/5/2024


Harold L. Nielsen, 95, of Crystal Lake, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2024, at Westview Care Center in Britt.

Memorial services for Harold Nielsen will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt, with Pastor Jason Semans officiating.

Visitation for Harold Nielsen will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt.  

Graveside services and a celebration of Harold’s life will be held in the spring.

Harold Laurence Nielsen was born August 5, 1928, to Laurence and Elsie (Jensen) Nielsen in Scranton, Iowa.  He moved with his family to Crystal Lake in 1941

Harold served in the United States Army during Korea.  He was a diesel mechanic and was SCARWAF (Special Category Army Reassigned With the Air Force) at Kimpo AFB in Seoul, Korea.  The unit was attacked by Chinese and North Korean forces while he was there, in 1952.  Harold received the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 1 bronze service star and the United Nations Service Medal.  He was transferred to the Army Reserves in March of 1953 and honorably discharged on April 1, 1957.  Harold was previously a member of the Crystal Lake American Legion Post and most recently, was a member of the Garner American Legion Post #256.

Harold farmed south of Crystal Lake for more than 20 years.  He later owned and operated the Crystal Café from 1980 until it closed years later, though he leased the building to others for a number of years.

Harold was a school bus driver for the Woden-Crystal Lake school district for 28 years and served as a member of the Crystal Lake Fire Department from 1963 – 1988.

Harold is survived by his sons, Robert Nielsen of Crystal Lake, Howard Nielsen of Forest City, and Gordon Nielsen of Lake Mills;grandchildren, Aaron (Cher) Nielsen of Belmond, Amber Nielsen of Mason City, Heather (Luke) Brown of West Bend, Jessica (Nick) Cunningham of Leland, Krystal (Art Zeech) Getchell of Thompson, and Michael (Chloe) Nielsen of Forest City; great-grandchildren, Kendra (Quentin) Boelman of Alexander, Zachary (fiancé Melissa) Nielsen of Britt, Chance (Jennifer) Nielsen of Kanawha, Christian Nielsen of Hampton, Logan (Malia) Parpana-Nielsen of California, Theodore (Savannah) Behrends of Hawaii, Natalie Behrends of Mason City, Charlie Behrends of Mason City, Lexi (Chase) Hock of Mallard, Zach Brown of West Bend, Aaiden Cunningham of Leland, Kassidy Cunningham of Leland, Morgan Getchell-Nieman of Thompson, Thea Nieman of Thompson, Daxton Nieman of Thompson; great, great-grandchildren, Ian Boelman, Kenzley Boelman, Noah Boelman and Oaklee Nielsen; brothers Ronald Nielsen of Crystal Lake and Laurence “Junior” Nielsen of Federal Way, Washington; along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, his wives Lila Nielsen and Margaret Nielsen, his sons Monty Nielsen and Brian Nielsen, and his siblings Ivan, Vivian, Eileen, Margaret and Aaron.