Donald L. Nielsen, age 86, of Cambridge died April 11, 2017 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 17th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with visiting time 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Strike Cemetery.
Donald Lee Nielsen was born January 14, 1931 in Exira, Iowa to Chris and Helen (Torp) Nielsen. He grew up and attended school in Lincoln County, Wisconsin. Donald also served in the National Guard in Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota. On December 4, 1954 he married Mabel Leigh in South St. Paul. They made their home in St. Paul before moving to the Coon Rapids/Fridley area where they raised their three children. Donald and Mabel moved to Mora and also lived in Brunswick before moving to Cambridge in 2000.
Donald worked as a machinist for many years. He was a very talented woodworker and self-taught carpenter. Donald made a merry-go-round and a tree house for his kids; he also built and remodeled their homes over the years. Donald liked working on puzzles, even when his eye sight was nearly gone. He enjoyed time visiting with family and going out to eat with friends and family at Perkins.
Donald died April 11, 2017 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 28 days. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel in 2013; and by two sisters, Lee and Linda.
Donald is survived by two sons, Ron Nielsen of Ramsey, Jeff (Kathleen) Nielsen of Austin, Minnesota; one daughter, Shelia (Ted) DeSantell of Coon Rapids; one grandson, Joshua; one brother, Vernon (Janet); and one sister, Verla.