|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1886|
|Death: ||May 29, 1974, USA|
BASIN PIONEER DIES
Funeral services for Orson Christian Nielsen were held May 31 in the Vernal Fifth Ward Chapel with the Vernal Fifth Ward Bishopric officiating.
Services were conducted by Robert Russell, counselor in the Bishopric. Prayer was given by Orson LaMar Nielsen. Prelude and postlude music was by Lois N. Stansfield.
Jeannette and DeLyle Billings sang "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," accompanied by Mary Schaefermeyer. Invocation was by Sharon H. Meacham. Speakers were Milton S. Nielsen and Chellus Caldwell.
An organ solo, "Oh My Father," was played by Lois Stansfield. "Memories" was by Orson LaMar Nielsen. Joe Clayburn sang "These Hands," accompanied by Mrs. Stanfield.
Benediction was offered by Robert Turner and the dedication of the grave was by Nelden C. Nielsen.
Pallbearers were Larry Cooper, Floyd Nielsen, Gary Meacham, Delwynn Westergard, Chris Nielsen, Greg Nielsen, Ralph Stansfield and David Turner.
The Vernal Fifth Ward Relief Society was in charge of the flowers.
Orson Christian, 88, born February 6, 1886 in Richfield, Utah to Christian and Caroline Peterson Nielsen, passed away Wednesday morning, May 29.
He was a pioneer of the Uintah Basin, having moved to the basin from Salina in 1916, In 1918 and 1918 he freighted between Price, Roosevelt and Vernal. He started plastering at 16 years of age with his father. He plastered many of the early schools in the Uintah Basin and also worked on Hotel Utah and on the St. George Temple, as well as many homes of the stars when he resided in California.
For a large part of his life he worked with the youth while serving in MIA, Sunday School and Bishoprics in Salina, Midview, Roosevelt and Hollywood. In Hollywood Ward he was very active in the Boy Scout program, promoting and building a cabin in the mountains for the Boy Scouts. He also helped juvenile delinquents get back on the right track.
On August 19, 1914 he was married to Kate Laven Musig, who survives him. Nine children were born to this union, all of whom survive him: Mrs. H. Arvene (Maurice) Cooper, Mrs. Sharon H. (Lila) Mecham, Mrs. Robert (Elouise) Turner, all of Vernal; O. LaMar Nielsen, Roosevelt; Mrs. Newell (Twila) Anderson and Neldon C. Nielsen, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Frank (Emeretta) Westergard, Ogden; Milton S. Nielsen, North Salt Lake and Mrs. Reed (Lois) Stansfield, Bridgeland. There are 43 living grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren.
Special out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Neldon C. Nielsen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Nielsen, Mrs. Philip Warren and children, Mr. and Mrs. Newell Anderson, Mrs. Orson C. Nielsen, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Dutson, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mecham and children, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Nielsen and children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Nelson and daughter Vivian Turner, Salt Lake City; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Westerguard and family, Ogden; J. W. Humphrey and Lucille Wilson, Provo; Alice Jensen, Orem; Mr. and Mrs. Orson LaMar Nielsen and Mr. and Mrs. Merton Robb, Roosevelt; Mr. and Mrs. Reed Stansfield and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Wally Pitt and children, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Brummond, Joe Clayburn, Helen Nielsen, Denver; Larry Cooper and Irene C. Wayland, Rangely; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bench and children, Altamont; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper, Randlett and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nielsen and children, Letta Myer and Mrs. Senor Mortensen, Jr., Myton.
-Vernal Express, June 6, 1974, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
Son-in-law: Robert Turner
Christian Nielsen (1850 - 1926)
Caroline Pederson Nielsen (1851 - 1936)
Katie Lavern Musig Nielsen (1889 - 1977)*
Orson Lamar Nielsen (1916 - 2012)*
Helga Teresa Nielson Humphrey (1883 - 1962)*
Orson Christian Nielsen (1886 - 1974)
Henry Nephi Nielsen (1896 - 1897)*
Vernal Memorial Park
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Dec 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45724691
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