Ralph D. Nielson 1932 ~ 2011

BRIGHAM CITY - Ralph DellNielson, 78, passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at McKay Dee Hospital from a heart attack. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing. He was born on September 27, 1932 in Brigham City, Utah, a son of George A. and Lola Delphia Nielsen Nielson. Ralph married Valene Kelly on April 24, 1953 in the Logan LDS Temple. Based on a firm testimony in his Lord Jesus Christ, together they raised a loving family of whom he always said gave him his greatest joy. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Ralph attended Weber State College and graduated from Utah State Agriculture College in Industrial Arts. He taught at Roy Junior High School, Box Elder High School and finished his teaching career at Box Elder Junior High School in Industrial Arts. Dad loved farming the Nielson's Family Fruit Farm. During the last 73 years of his life farming was his personal stewardship and family legacy. For all his hard work, the friends he made were the fruits of his labor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, sports, the outdoors, animals and being with family at his Bear Lake Cabin. Year round dad embraced with child-like joy the giving spirit of Christmas. Surviving are his wife, Valene; four children, Janna (David) Tyler of Perry; Paula (Wes) Tyler of Roy; Kari (Jerry) DeBeliso of Tucson, AZ; Chad (Carla) Nielson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada "eh"; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grand-children; one brother, Kenneth (Elinor) Nielson of Salt Lake City; one sister, Lola Jean (Jake) Herrod of Fallon, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Daren Kelly Nielson, and one brother, George A. Nielson, Jr. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 12th Ward Chapel, 620 N. 300 E. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City and on Monday at the church from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder Combined Veterans Honor Guard. Email condolences to the family at www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com.