Marlin Gene (Moe) Nielsen, 85, died peacefully at home under the care of Unity Point Hospice on Monday, March 6, 2017. He was born in Dannebrog, Nebraska on September 21, 1931 to Mabel (Jacobsen) and Carl Nielsen.
Moe lived in this small Danish town all his early life, in the same home. He attended school from 1st grade through high school in the large brick school house one block from his home. He graduated with his class of 9 boys and 2 girls.
Moe attended Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen, SD prior to enlisting in the United States Navy to fight in the Korean War. Because of his pharmacy major in college, he served 1 year In the Far East (Formosa Straights) as a medic on the troupe ship USS Walke. He was transferred to temporary duty in the U.S. Marines and served as a medic on the front line on the 38th Parallel and in a Post hospital until the end of the war. He then attended the University of Nebraska for one year where he determined pharmacy was not for him. He graduated from the Lincoln School of Commerce with a business degree. His entire career was spent with the IBM Corporation in various positions in Lincoln and then in Des Moines.
In 1956, through a blind date set up by a Navy buddy in Kansas, he met the love of his life. Moe and Charlotte Rosell were married in Manhattan, Kansas on February 22, 1957. They lived in Lincoln for 5 years before being transferred to Des Moines where Moe retired from IBM in 1991.
Moe was very proud of his Danish heritage and was heavily involved with Lodge #15 of the Danish Brotherhood in Des Moines. He was recognized as “The Fraternalist of the Year” in 2015 by Assured Life Association. Moe and Charlotte were faithful members of Grace Lutheran Church since 1962 and Moe was involved in many capacities there. Since retirement, he was involved in the Golden K Kiwanis group, volunteered as a Peer Advocate and in the Shiip Program. Among his hobbies he was a woodworker and handyman.
Surviving loved ones include his wife Charlotte; children: Kirk and Pam Nielsen of Kansas City, MO, DeAnn and Herman Puente of Des Moines, and Mike and Karma Nielsen of Altoona; grandchildren: Cory and Lindsay Nielsen, Shayla and Nick Guevel, Megan and Brad Gee, Katelyn and Andrew Kibbe, Andrew and Kaitlyn Puente, David Puente and Haley Schallehn, and Sophie Puente; great-grandchildren: Uriah Guevel, Henry Gee, Penelope Guevel, Charlie Gee, Lilly Puente, Gabrielle Nielsen, Jaxon Kibbe, #8 (Evelyn Kibbe) is due in April, and #9 (Nielsen) is due in October. Also surviving is his sister Carol Anderson of Sidney, NE and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and his older sister, Mary Lee Hansen.
Visitation will be held at Merle Hay Funeral Home: 4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held the following day, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church: 3010 52nd St, Des Moines, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, Unity Point Hospice, or The Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, IA. We are thankful for the many care-givers from Unity Point Hospice, Visiting Angels, and various volunteers who became a part of our lives.