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Lee A. Nielsen of Wichita Falls

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Lee Alfred Nielsen, 89, of Wichita Falls, died Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Lee A. Nielsen

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Lamar Baptist Church of Wichita Falls with Rev. Bill Pursley officiating. Burial will be at Bluegrove Cemetery under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Mr. Nielsen was born on April 3, 1923 in Wichita Falls to Alfred and Marie (Olsen) Nielsen. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a self employed Masonry Contractor. He was a member of Lamar Baptist Church, and a 32nd Degree Mason, serving as Past-Master of the J.A. Kemp Lodge from 1962 to 1963. He served as president of Southwest Rotary Club, and was a member of the Boys Club Alumni Association. He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, and in 2010 was honored as one of the Greatest Generation.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Max Nielsen; and two sisters, Ruth Quast and Viola Felgar.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Billie Nielsen of Wichita Falls; two sons, Jim Bernethy and wife Judy of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Larry Bernethy and wife Lea Ann of Bristol, Tenn.; three daughters, Linda Kay Escue and husband Herman of Iowa Park, Linda Lee White and husband Charlie of Shreveport, La., and Debbie Howard and husband Bill of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

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