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Lenard E Neilsen

Died: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 08, 2015
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Oct. 09, 2015
Location: LDS Church, Corner of Cedar and Poole

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On October 2, 2015 Lenard E. Neilsen peacefully left us to return to his heavenly home.  He was born March 26, 1926 the 4th of 6 children to Mervyn and Velda Neilsen in Pocatello. In his youth he attended a one room school house a quarter mile from his home.  The family farmed over 320 acres in the Hawkins Basin area. They had about 20 head of horses, raised cattle and pigs.


Lenard was drafted into the army July 19, 1944 at the age of 18.  His specialty was truck master and expert carbine.  He received many decorations and citations most notably two bronze battle stars. Lenard was honorably discharged and returned to the family ranch July 30, 1946.


In 1948 he married Connie R. Bolingbroke from Arbon Valley. They lived in Pocatello and began a wonderful life together. They were sealed to their 6 children in 1964 in the Idaho Falls Temple.


Lenard worked for Garrett Freightlines for 32 years.  He was a good money manager and was able to purchase the family ranch in 1974, giving him two jobs.  In 1964 the family began building a cabin in Palisades.  In between fishing trips and combined with the slave labor of 6 little kids, the cabin provided a cherished refuge. 


He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving diligently in many callings. He served in a bishopric and a two year stake mission.  


Lenard felt it was important to be involved in his community.  He participated by writing many letters to the editor and received favorable and, sometimes, unfavorable responses.  His sharp wit and sense of humor entertained his readers. He loved learning and attended many university classes.


Lenard worked and played hard.  He loved fishing, hunting, riding horses, snowmobiling and sledding with his family.  He loved bowling, golfing with his sweet heart, family and friends.  He loved to travel and visited over 30 countries. 


He is survived by his wife, Connie Neilsen, Pocatello, ID; children, Barry Guy Neilsen, Hawkins Basin, Michael Brent (Victoria) Neilsen, Pocatello, ID, Jeffrey Scott (Becky) Neilsen, Pocatello, ID, Lenette Darlene (Alan) Poole, Eagle, ID, Rebecca Sue (John) Bradshaw, Gilbert, AZ, Robert Todd (Yayoi) Neilsen, Flower Mound, TX; sister, Bette Ann Lusk, Arbon, ID; 23 grandchildren, and 45 great-grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Mervyn and Velda Neilsen; siblings, Clair Neilsen, Venice Gibney, Ellis Neilsen, and Alvin Neilsen.

Lenard suffered with Parkinson’s for the last 7 years.  The family would like to express their appreciation to all those who helped care for him.


Funeral services will be held Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2 P.M. at the LDS Cedar 3rd Ward located at 550 W. Cedar St. (Poole and Cedar) with a visitation for one hour prior to services. Family will receive friends Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at Colonial Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID. Military Honors will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83204.  

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Taunya (Fackrell) Horn and family
   Posted Tue October 06, 2015
Dear Neilsen family, we are so sad to hear of Bro. Neilsen's passing, and wanted you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We have many fond memories of growing up on Poole Street and attending the same Ward as you. Thank you for being such an amazing family, I will see you at the funeral. xoxo

   Posted Thu October 08, 2015
I really wish that we could be with you during this time, but please know that we are keeping you in our prayers and we love you all.

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