Earl Ray Nielsen

3/23/1926 ~ 12/09/2015

NielsenEarlAttended by his family, Earl Ray Nielsen, 89, silently passed away at his home in Moroni on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Many times Earl expressed his gratitude for his life full of love and many blessings.

Earl was welcomed joyously at birth by parents James William and Hannah Nicholas Nielsen on March 23, 1926—born healthy and strong and blessed to continue in health and strength until nearly his last day. Other than a few short years in Preston, Nevada, Earl spent most of his wonderful childhood in Moroni. He loved sharing fond memories of his boyhood adventures with family and friends.

He married Dorothy Lamb on June 16, 1947 in the Manti LDS temple. They met at a dance and continued to love dancing and music throughout their 64 years of life together. Earl faithfully and tenderly cared for “Daisy”, as he affectionately called her, during her long illness and has severely missed her after she preceded him in death.

Earl enjoyed working hard and provided well for his eight children. He was a skilled and talented carpenter, farmer, butcher, mason, construction engineer and teacher. He built homes, fireplaces, sheds, mangers, fences, craft items, furniture, whatever his saw and hammer could create from wood. He was a member of the LDS church and spent his life in generous service to family, friends, and community.

Earl is survived by his four sons, Gerald (Karen Sue), James (Diane), Jay (Julie), Jeff (Julee); four daughters, Lorraine (Warren) Bailey, Dianne (John) Allred, Karen (Richard) Hansen, Christine (Todd) Peacock; and their families. He is also survived by his brother Lynn (Dixie) Nielsen and many loved nieces and nephews. He has 41 grandchildren and 84 great-grandchildren. He looked forward to all their visits, sharing updates, stories, a bite to eat and his favorite treat, green pineapple ice cream.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hannah; wife, Dorothy; sisters, Roxie, Ruth, and Evelyn; brothers, James and Paul; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 11:00 in the Moroni LDS Stake Center.
Friends may call Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, or Saturday from 9:00 – 10:30 at the Moroni LDS Stake Center. Interment will be in the Moroni City Cemetery. Online condolences at rasmussenmortuary.com

7 Responses to “Earl Ray Nielsen”

  1. Karen Nay Millar says:

    I so sorry for your lose. He will be greatly missed by all in the family. We all have fond memories of him at the family reuniouns. He is in a good place now srrounded by family that have passed.

  2. Linda Nielson says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Such a good man! I’m sure he’s happy to be free of his aged mortal body. With that being said, it is heartbreaking to saay goodbye for now. What a blessing you have of knowing you will be together again.
    Linda Nielson

  3. Ches and Stephanie Blackham says:

    Our prayers are with you at this time. We have fond memories of Earl. He and Jay Blackham built our first home for us. While working on the roof Earl stepped back to view his work and fell off the roof. Thankfully nothing was broken but he had a few bruises. We loved and appreciated him.

  4. Kelander Family says:

    May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  5. Larry and Bonnie Blain says:

    Dianne, so sorry for your loss, we just read about it the night after the funeral. Your dad was a great guy. I will always remember the truck I found him and how much he liked it.

  6. Scott and JoAnn Mildenhall says:

    We are very sorry for your loss; 89 healthy years is a wonderfully long run. I have very fond memories of our family’s visits to Moroni and the farm. I believe “uncle” Earl was the first to introduce me to dutch oven cooking, to which I am now happily addicted. I have been looking at the Nicholas line on family search the last couple of months. I was happy to see your Dad was not listed on there. I read about a recent community honor paid to him a couple of other local men. Then today he showed up as a son under aunt Hannah and uncle Jim. Had we known, we would have made another wonderful trip to Moroni. Thanks to your parents and family for the love and hospitality that we always felt in your home and in our dads birth place (Moroni).

  7. Maureen Bailey Reading says:

    Love this man! Wishing the Nielsen family comfort and peace. Your folks were amazing, and did so much good in this old world. Hugs to all of you….