March 28, 1929-Nov. 18, 2008
IVANHOE - Services Darwin "Buzz" Nielsen, 79, of Ivanhoe will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Ivanhoe City Cemetery with military honors by the Ivanhoe VFW Post 2980. Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe is in charge of the arrangements. The family prefers memorials.
He died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the Hendricks Hospital surrounded by his loved ones.
Darwin “Buzz” Nielsen
Buzz was born March 28, 1929, in Arco, to Niels and Myrtle (Larsen) Nielsen. He graduated from Ivanhoe High School and began working with his father in construction. Soon after he was drafted into the military, he was stationed in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1953. Upon returning to the states, he worked with his father again doing construction and married Mavis Benz on March 26, 1956, in Lake Benton, and to this union they were blessed with five children. He and his father later began a cement business together called Nielsen Redi Mix. Buzz took over Nielsen Redi Mix in 1962. He continued with this business until becoming a full time postal rural mail carrier. He retired at the age of 60 but continued to stay busy driving school bus and running a backhoe service.
Some of Buzz's hobbies and interests included old time music, bowling, softball sponsor, running chain for high school football for 32 years and loved all sports. But most of all being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Buzz was a member of Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council. He belonged to the VFW and the Legion and served as commander in both organizations. He served on the Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Department for 30 plus years and was a chief for a portion of that time. He served on the board of directors for Divine Providence Hospital and Nursing Home. He also served on the board of the South West Minny Baseball Association and was instrumental in lighting Gilson's Field.
Grateful for having shared Buzz's life is his wife of 521/2 years, Mavis. He is also survived by the 5 B's, Bruce Nielsen of Ivanhoe; Bryce (and Patricia) Nielsen of Ivanhoe; Brenda (and Darrell) Sheik of Ivanhoe; Benita (and Michael) Steffes of Wahoo, Neb.; Bennett (and Patti) Nielsen of Ivanhoe; 11 grandchildren: Rebecca, Stephanie and Anthony Nielsen; Stacy (Sheik) Kiley; Kyle Sheik; Kayla Nielsen; Skylar and Shanly Steffes; Paul, Spencer and Hannah Oellien; two sisters: Lucille Eide of Watertown, S.D.; Marjorie Johnson of Marshall; many nieces and nephews; and family friend and Buzz's football partner, Chad "Chucky" Bednarek.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Niels and Myrtle Nielsen; brothers-in-law, Norwood Johnson and Arnold Eide.
Blessed be his memory.