(Rockford) Mr. Paul A. Nielsen, age 86, a proud veteran who faithfully served his country, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Veteran’s Day, November 12, 2012. While attending Rockford High School , he was drafted into the US Navy. After the service, Paul graduated from Rockford High School in 1947 and then attended MSU. For over 36 years he worked in production at the Package Corp. of America where he rarely took a day off. Promptness was a necessity, and structure was also a very important part of his life. Paul was a very kind gentleman who enjoyed communicating with people. He was a Christian man who enjoyed attending West Cannon Baptist Church and was a member of Caleb Kin Sunday school class.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; children, Dawn Ann and John Grabenstetter, Roy and Candy Nielsen, Dale and Linda Nielsen, and Faye and Mike Swoveland; grandchildren, Amy (Steve) Gould, Brian (Julianna) Grabenstetter, Andrew Grabenstetter, Megan Grabenstetter, Ryan Nielsen and Patti, Audra (Damon) Ross, Amber (Caleb) Schylyten, Jaynnie (Mike) Patch, Justin (Valerie) Nielsen, Christian (Kathryn) Wagner, Katie (Andrew) Hoisington, Joel Wagner, Megan Wagner, Patrick Swoveland, Alanina Swoveland, and Briana Wilson; 17 great-grandchildren and the much anticipated arrival of one more; brothers and sister, Robert D. Nielsen, Lauren R. and Eileen Nielsen, Francis D. and Linda Nielsen, Ruth M. and Ronald King, Roger W. and Juanita Nielsen; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean, and his brother, Arthur ( Alice) Nielsen, and sister-in-law, Betty.

The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Nielsen will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at West Cannon Baptist Church , 5760 Cannonsburg Road, NE , Belmont with Pastor Doug Crawford and Pastor Maynard Belt officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Algoma Township Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider West Cannon Baptist Church . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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