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Hubert L. Nielsen
A celebration of life was held Saturday at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock for Hubert L. Nielsen, 88, of Hughson. He died June 1, 2010 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.

Burial was at Turlock Memorial Park under the direction of Allen Mortuary.

Born September, 1921 in Alameda to Jens and Sofie Nielsen, Hubert was raised in Yucaipa, and became a Christian at an early age. After high school, he attended U.C. Berkeley until World War II, then served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was involved in the D-Day landing. Mr. Neilsen had roles in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. After the war, he finished college at U.C. Berkeley and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Mr. Nielsen lived in the East Bay most of his life but after retirement in 1984, he moved to Turlock and then Hughson in 2001. He was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church in Oakland, Calvary Baptist in Alameda, Calvary Baptist in Turlock, Monte Vista Chapel, and Samaritan Village Chapel (which he helped founded), the Gideons International, AWWA, Cal Alummi Association, and Christian Service Brigade. Hubert enjoyed studying his Bible, praying, golfing, snow skiing, crossword puzzles, backpacking, woodworking and playing multiple brass instruments. He was an avid CalBears Football fan.

He leaves behind his wife Floydine "Ping" Nielsen of Hughson; his children, Greg Nielsen of San Lorenzo, Brian Nielsen of Las Vegas, Nev., Larry Wenell of Lockeford, Linda Horn of Turlock, Sandy Thornton of San Diego, Larry Johnson of Walnut Creek, and Sharryl Lindberg-Friesen of South Bend, Ind.; and 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years Lillie Swanson Nielsen, and three brothers and a sister.

Remembrances may be sent to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 2566, Turlock, CA 95381; or to Samaritan Village Chapel, 7700 Fox Rd, Hughson, CA 95326.

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-Ceres Courier/ June2, 2010