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NILSON, Joseph A.
NILSON, Joseph A. Oct. 18, 1933 - July 17, 2012 Joe was born October 18, 1933, at Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Joseph L. and Marguerite (Earnshaw) Nilson. He passed away peacefully July 17, 2012, at Coos Bay. Joe was raised and educated in Salt Lake City. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was married to Carol Jean Simmons on March 21, 1953, at his mother's home in Salt Lake. After the war he worked as a Flight Test Operations Manager during the development of the Minuteman Missiles and latter during the development of the B1 Bomber. They made their home in Lancaster, California for 29 years until retiring and moving to Florence, Oregon in 2004. Joe was an active member of the Florence Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Joe was a kind, humble man. He loved spending time with his family and friends and he loved the Lord and served him well. He was an excellent provider and the best husband in the world! He is survived by his wifeCarol Jean Nilson of Florence, Ore., son Michael J. Nilson of Afghanistan and Belize, son Douglas S. Nilson and Alice Rush of Lynnwood, Wash., son Lawrence Ace and Susan Nilson of Reno, Nev., daughterCynthia R. Sommer of Lexington, Ky., six grandchildren, Kristine Nicole, Steven, Casey Michael, and Heather LeAnn, Robert Joseph Nilson, Bethany Ann Elliott, six great-grandchildren, brother Gayle and Christina Nilson of Salt Lake City, Utah, sister Joyce Stewart of Salt Lake City, Utah, sisterJune Hoenicke of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Jarom Williams and Cory Ace Nilson. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Florence Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2705 Munsel Lake Road, Florence. A visitation will be held at the church from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Contributions in his memory may be made the American Cancer Society, 2250 Oakmont Way, #200, Eugene, OR 97401, or Alzheimer's Association 1273 Lincoln St., Eugene, OR 97401. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary 405 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon 541-267-4216

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