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In Memory of

Willard Allen NISSEN

September 18, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Obituary


A 92 year journey is complete.



Our Dad, Grampa, Tampa, Unk, Uncle and Friend, left behind many milestones in his life beginning with the birth of he and his twin brother Wayne on September 18, 1924 in Waterloo, Iowa. He had 4 brothers in addition to his twin brother Wayne; they are Gerald, Harold, Glenn and Carl. All his brothers preceded him in death, with Carl passing away as an infant.



His 70 year marriage to Aileen Flowers began on February 27, 1942 and was cut short when she passed away on August...

A 92 year journey is complete.



Our Dad, Grampa, Tampa, Unk, Uncle and Friend, left behind many milestones in his life beginning with the birth of he and his twin brother Wayne on September 18, 1924 in Waterloo, Iowa. He had 4 brothers in addition to his twin brother Wayne; they are Gerald, Harold, Glenn and Carl. All his brothers preceded him in death, with Carl passing away as an infant.



His 70 year marriage to Aileen Flowers began on February 27, 1942 and was cut short when she passed away on August 28, 2012. In March 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the European campaigns that included the D-Day invasion, Normandy, Rhineland, and the Battle of the Bulge. He completed his service upon his honorable discharge on September 30, 1945. He was very proud of his military service during World War II and was a true example of America's Greatest Generation.



Their marriage years brought along three children, beginning with Arleen in 1943, Robert in 1947 and Carol in 1950. His daughter Arleen preceded him in death, passing away on January 18, 2014.



He is survived by 7 Grandchildren, George, Jill, Ken, Kate, Patrick, Marci and Maren along with 15 Great-grandchildren, Kiersten, Madison, Colten, Kynnlee, Angela, Danni, Taylor, Michael, Christian, Sean, Lauren, Lily, Avery, Claire, and Kendall. Many numerous nieces and nephews shared their own growing up and later years of his life's journey. Family was one of the most important focuses and priorities in his life. He gave his life to Christ in June 1955 with baptism at First Baptist Church in Madera, CA.



His career with Pacific Telephone began in 1946 and closed upon retirement with 34 years of service in 1980. His later years with the telephone company included a tour in Iran in 1978-79.



Retirement plans and years changed shortly after retiring, with his wife Aileen having a major cerebral aneurism, which left her mentally and physically handicapped. The following years were spent in his care for her at home until her entering full time care in a nursing facility. Hobbies through the years included rock hunting, raising birds, volunteer fireman and bottle hunting. He also started collecting "quotes" way back in 1943 upon entering the Army. The first quote he remembers that got him interested was from the Camp Swift Army Chapel in Texas in 1943, "So live every day that you are ready to die any day". A couple more of his collected quotes in closing;



"To live in the hearts of others is to never die"



"Children were asked if you could ask God one question, what would it be. How is Grandpa doing? "



"I like to hear someone say, I love you" (Willard's own quote)



We love you.....Dad, Grandpa, Tampa, Unk, Uncle, and Friend!