1949 - 2018
Gary L. Nielsen, 68, a resident
of Kenosha, died peacefully with his daughter at his side on
Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Hospice Alliance Hospice House in
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, after a courageous battle with
cancer. Gary was born on October 6, 1949, the son of the late
Niels P. Nielsen and Geraldine V. (Larson) Nielsen. He attended
local schools and graduated from Tremper High School in 1968.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, including a
year in Vietnam, and was Honorably Discharged as a SPC 4. He was
employed at the American Brass in Kenosha from 1968 to 1999; upon
retirement, he worked various part-time jobs.
On October 9, 1976, he married
the love of his life, Kelley Loef. She preceded him in death in
2004. Gary was a skilled woodworker and gardener, and he could
basically fix anything. He loved to be outside in the summer,
tending to his flowers and vegetables and cooking on the grill. He
was a lifelong Packers fan and recently took an interest in
baseball and was able to watch some amazing Cubs games with his
He is survived by his daughter, Tracy L. Nielsen,
Wadsworth, Ill., and sister, Susan Nielsen, Kenosha, and many
loving nieces, nephews and friends.
parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Roger A.
Nielsen and Richard K. Nielsen; sister Jerilynn (Jack) Marron and
twin sister Gayle (Robert) Hannes; and mother in law, Dorothy
Tracy and the family would like to thank our life-long
friend, Pat Ventura, for all of the support and assistance she
provided over the past year. We are also extremely thankful for
the care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, especially
Dr. Sheel-vanth, and our favorite nurses – Becky, Lindsey, Juli,
and Hazel, as well as our favorite scheduler, Val. We would also
like to extend our gratitude to the angels at the Hospice
Alliance; they were a true blessing over the last several days!