The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 15, 2014

Oluf E. Nielsen

QUAPAW, Okla. —    

Oluf E. Nielsen, 91, of rural Quapaw, Okla., East of Baxter Springs, Kan., died after a fall off an outdoor porch at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, Jan. 14, 2014, at home on the family farm.

He was born May 6, 1922, at Vanzant, Mo., on the family farm, the son of Alfred and Arvilla Nielsen which he was fourth of 11 children. He attended school at Mountain Grove, Mo. High School. Upon his senior year, he was drafted into the U.S. Coastal Guard to go to World War II serving overseas for more than two years in the Philippines, being discharged on Dec. 29, 1945.

Thereafter he attended the now called Pittsburg State University for a short time as a military training for Precision Machinist.

On Oct. 16, 1943, he was united in marriage to Norene Brown, at Quapaw. Shortly afterwards they bought a farm on the Kansas/Oklahoma state line and started farming with a cow calf operation. He worked at McCartney's Mfg.  Ingersoll Rand as a precision machinist, retiring in 1983, and had worked at Roots Mfg. for five years and Eagle Picher for six years.   

Membership was held in the Quapaw Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School teacher, superintendent and Deacon 58 years.

Survived by his wife, Norene, of the home; one son, Arnold Nielsen his wife, Vickie; one daughter, Vivian McCormick her husband, Ted; four grandchildren, Mike McCormick and wife, Mary Kay, of Olathe, Audra McCormick-Trites and husband, Mike, of Lenexa, Kan., David Nielsen and wife, Jessica, of Merrian, Kan., and Olen Nielsen, of Riverton; nine great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alex Trites, Hannah, Michaela and Thor McCormick, Abbey and Brandon Nielsen, Evan and Noah Nielsen; four sisters, Lola Dennis, Pearl Hill, Christine Gasperson and Sue White; one brother, Don Nielsen, all of the Mountain Grove area. Preceded in death by parents; three brothers and two sisters, Glen, Harold, Frank, Opal and Elsie.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Quapaw First Baptist Church in Quapaw. Pastor Dale Neal and Matt Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow in Baxter Springs Cemetery in Baxter Springs. A dinner will be served at the Quapaw Baptist Church following the burial. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.

Online condolences may be made at

Memorials are suggested to Mountain Grove High School Alumni Park in care of the funeral home.

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