|Arthur Earl Nissen|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1922|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 2004|
Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 17,
Deceased Name: ARTHUR E. NISSEN, 81
Arthur E. Nissen, 81, an ex-aviator who flew on bombing missions over Europe in World War II and into a post-war career in electronics, died Thursday, June 3, of a heart condition at a hospital in Chandler, Ariz., where he had lived in retirement. "He was a ladies' man," said his daughter, Shirley Fox. "Very social. He made friends with everybody."
Mr. Nissen used his gregarious nature and technical expertise in retirement by joining Arizona's Commemorative Air Force, a traveling air museum that restores old aircraft. He worked the CAF's B-17, the Sentimental Journey, touring air shows around the nation as a spokesman for the plane's ball turret, explaining his job in a similar turret during World War II. His plane back then was the "Pandora's Box," and in it he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. He manned the plane's exposed ball turret for 34 missions over Europe. A native of Berwyn, Mr. Nissen had joined the Army Air Forces shortly after high school. In 1946 he married the former Edith Throm. After the war, he lived in Clarendon Hills and worked in Aurora for Western Electric. He retired as a supervisor there in 1977 but continued to work in electronics from time to time in retirement. Late in life, he and his wife moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where Mr. Nissen built a home from a log kit. They then moved to Browntown, Wis., and after his wife's death in 1993, Mr. Nissen finally moved to Arizona. At the age of 70, Mr. Nissen became a pilot and bought a 1964 Cessna, his daughter said. "He wasn't the type of guy to just sit at home," she said. Some of his final life's work was preparing the Sentimental Journey for travel, she said. Mr. Nissen is survived by two other daughters, Sandra Snyder and Susan Handel; a sister, Martha Phillips; three grandsons; and two granddaughters. A memorial service is being planned. It will include scattering his ashes from an airplane.
Edith Mabel Throm Nissen (1923 - 1993)*
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: to scatter ashes from an airplane
Created by: D.E. Losey
Record added: Apr 16, 2012
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