Recent Stayton Obituaries





Donald Charles Nielson

November 11, 1927 - October 3, 2012

Stayton - Donald C. “Don” Nielson died October 3, 2012 at the home of his daughter Connie Nielson, from metastatic prostate cancer.  He was 84.

Don was born in Forest Grove on November 11, 1927 and grew up in Forest Grove and Detroit, Oregon, until his family moved to Stayton in 1943.  After graduation from Stayton High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in the Philippines during the post-war reorganization.  After his discharge in 1947, he met Luella Mary Basl on a blind date.  They married in 1948 and began farming on Fern Ridge, where they raised strawberries, corn, green beans, zucchini, grass seed and their family of nine children.

Don served on the boards of Wilco and NORPAC, where he was board chairman for eight years, and he was a past recipient of the Stayton Chamber of Commerce Ag Star of the Year award.  Don was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a part-time logger, an avid elk hunter, a lifelong parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Don was preceded in death by his parents James “Bill” and Agnes (Herb) Nielson, his wife of 45 years Luella, his son Jim, his sister Mary Lou Geil, and his beloved canine companion Bud.   He is survived by wife Henrietta Nielson, Stayton; sons Mike (Lisa) Nielson and Dave (Maryann) Nielson of Stayton; daughters Sharon (Denny) Barnes, Connie Nielson, Kathy (John) Kaczynski and Janis (Paul) Anderson of Stayton , Judy (Glen) Hayden of Salem, and Chris (Mike) Christensen of Albany; brothers Tom (Rosie), Ed (Aletha) and Roger Nielson; sister Nancy (Richard) Hartmann; his aunt Dorothy Nielson; and 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the spiritual and physical care provided Don by Father Ed of Immaculate Conception Church, Drs. John Strother, David Foster and David Elmgren, physician’s assistant Trina, Dr. John Gurnee and the many kind nurses at First Call Home Health, and nurse John Conner of Willamette Valley Hospice.

Viewing will be from 3pm-7pm Monday at North Santiam Funeral Service. A vigil will be held Monday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m., and Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m., both at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, followed by a luncheon reception at Anthony Hall.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Regis Green and Gold Auction and the tuition assistance programs at Regis High School and St. Mary Catholic School, Stayton. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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