Marvin Nielson – UPDATED


Funeral services for 77-year old Marvin Nielson of Whitney, NE, are Friday, November 12, 2021, at 9:00 AM at the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.

Burial will follow at 11:00 in the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance

Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 11, from 6:00-8:00 PM, also at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon

A memorial has been established for the Chadron Community Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343

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Marvin Burdette Nielson was born September 29, 1944, in Gordon, Nebraska to John and Opal (Ostrander). He passed away November 6, 2021, at his home in Whitney.

The oldest of four children. Marvin was a graduate of Gordon High School in 1963. After graduation, he worked for Floyd Downing with his good friends Burr, Boyd (Puz) and Dean Jameson.

In September 1965 Marvin enlisted into the 8th infantry division with the United States Army where he was primarily stationed at Baumholder, Germany. He returned to U.S. soil on August 24, 1967, at which time he entered the Army Reserves until 1971.

After returning home he received an education from Southeast Community College in Milford, NE with an Associate Degree in Diesel Mechanics, graduating in 1969. While getting his degree in Milford, he met the love of his life, Katherine Jensen.

Marvin and Kathy were married January 31, 1970, in front of their friends and family at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cordova, Nebraska. This union provided them with two children, John LeMoyne born June 17, 1972, and Karen Debra born April 20, 1977.

After Marriage, Marvin worked on various ranches in his beloved sandhills until he and Kathy decided to settle down on a small acreage in Whitney. After leaving the ranch life, Marvin began working at Henkins Equipment in Chadron for Jim and Marsha Mapes. He worked there until he retired in 2016 to help take care of Kathy when she had her stroke.

Marvin is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Karen (Bryan) Clines of Bar Nunn, WY; daughter-in-law Amy of Alliance; grandson Caleb of Alliance; step-granddaughter Danielle Clines of Bon Aqua, TN; brothers Jonathan (Trenda) and Malcolm (Cindy) both of Ellsworth; sister Rowena (Dennis) Beck of Greenville, IN and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin is preceded in death by son John, nephew Steve, parents John and Opal, father and mother-in-law Willard and Anne Jensen and sisters-in-law Cheryl Graff and Linda Vardell.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of arrangements for Marvin Nielson

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are so grateful for the time we had together at the Ostrander reunion this year. We pray God comforts you and gives you peace at this difficult time.

    Rick and Cindy Ostrander

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