Robert Nielsen

Robert Nielsen was born March 16, 1921 in Chicago and died in his sleep August 25, 2006 in Salisbury, North Carolina. Preceding him in death was his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years, the late Dorothy, nee Scovie, Nielsen; loving father of two sons, Robert (Charlene) and John (Vicki) Nielsen; four grandchildren, Christian, Nicholas, Kirsten and Jason and six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Tanner, Brenna, Caetlin, Alyssa and Ashley. Before and after World War Two, Rob worked briefly with Tews Funeral Home and U.S. Steel. During WWII Rob served with the 82nd Airborne Division and participated in every deployment of the 82nd Airborne. The invasion of North Africa, Sicily and Italy before going to England to get ready for D-Day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944 he went into France by glider landing near Ste. Mere Eglise. During operation Market Garden he again went into battle in a glider and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Holland. Towards the end of the war he was part of a group that liberated the Nazi concentration camp near Ludwigslust, Germany. Like many who have witnessed mans inhumanity to man, Rob very seldom spoke of his wartime experiences. Rob Nielsen was a devoted funeral director and General Manager for the Donnellan Family Funeral Homes both on the South Side of Chicago and the North Shore for over thirty years. His dedication to his profession and the Donnellan Family will be forever appreciated and remembered. Rob's family requested a private service for their father, grandfather and great-grandfather at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida. Info: Donnellan Family Funeral Services, 847-675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.
Published in the Chicago Tribune from 8/28/2006 - 8/29/2006.

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