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Robert Nielsen

Robert Nielsen, age 96, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his home.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 6th at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris & Rev. Sarah Ruch will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Robert E. Nielsen, the son of Sam and Marie C. (Gustafson) Nielsen, Sr., was born at Bellwood, Nebraska on February 26, 1922 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on March 1, 2018, at the age of 96.

He grew up on a farm near Marquette and graduated from Marquette High School in 1939. Robert served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He enlisted on December 16, 1942. He was honorably discharged on November 21, 1945 and had also bravely served as a POW.

On December 15, 1943, he was united in marriage to Bernice Ida Andersen at Medicine Lake, Montana. Early on in their married life they lived in several different cities and states; Sparta, WI, Marquette, NE, Billings, MT, Lawton, OK and Lincoln, NE. They made their home in Aurora in 1949 and have lived here ever since. Robert worked at L.P. Gas Sales and Service, delivering propane in rural areas. Bernice passed away on May 14, 2012.

Robert was a charter member and life time member of V.F.W. Post 4993, life member of American Legion Post #42, American POW’s and Cornhusker Chapter of POW’s. He was also a member of E.U.B. and later the United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and seven siblings, Sam K. Nielsen, Jr., Guy W. Nielsen, Alice Andreasen, Margaret Creech, William Nielsen, Ann Rasmussen and Carol Farlin.

Those left to cherish his memory are three children, Connie (Mark) Shaneyfelt of Aurora, Gary (Marcia) Nielsen of Omaha and Greg (Marcia) Nielsen of Aurora; 8 grandchildren, April (John) Campbell of Aurora, Paul (Launa Fuller) Shaneyfelt of Grand Island, Danielle Shaneyfelt of Aurora, Anna (Carl Hamm) Shaneyfelt of Aurora, David (Laura) Nielsen of Omaha, Douglas (Erin) Nielsen of Phoenix, Lindsay (Andy Herman) Nielsen of Lincoln and Jared (Alisha Burke) Nielsen of Lincoln; 10 great-grandchildren, Ryan Campbell of Grand Island, Aaron Campbell of Aurora, Richard (Amanda) Shaneyfelt of Omaha, Michael (Stacia) Shaneyfelt of Grand Island, Isaac Shaneyfelt of Aurora, Leah Nielsen of Omaha, Blake Nielsen of Phoenix, Stella Herman of Lincoln, Sidney Herman of Lincoln and Anya Nielsen of Lincoln and 4 great-great grandchildren, Saige, Silas & Skyler Shaneyfelt of Omaha and Cailyn Shaneyfelt of Aurora. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Watson of Kennewick, WA; sister-in-law, Lillian Evans of Portland, OR, brother-in-law, Sheldon Andersen of Medicine Lake, MT and numerous nieces and nephews.

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