Alan Nissen - December 19, 2010

Alan H. Nissen, 77, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Grand Junction, Colo. Inurnment will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Marquette at a later date.
Alan was born April 6, 1933 to H. Harald and Marie Gravengaard Nissen. He was raised on the family farm at Marquette. He graduated from Marquette High School in 1950 and attended Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa.
Alan married Sharon Snoberger at Aurora on Jan. 11, 1953. He then entered the U. S. Army in May of 1953 and served two years. Upon his service discharge, Alan returned to Marquette and took over the family farm.
In 1972 Alan purchased his uncle’s electrical company and moved his family to Grand Island, where he spent the next 14 years as an electrical contractor. While there he joined the Cosmopolitan Service Club and served as District Governor in 1985 and 1986.
Alan and Sharon moved to Athens, Texas in 1987, where Alan changed career paths and taught the electricity trade for the State of Texas. Upon 10 years of service, they retired and moved to Grand Junction, Colo.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; one sister, Marilyn Nissen (Lavern) Larkowski of Omaha; brother-in-law Glade (Carolyn) Snoberger of Aurora; his children Scott (Jody) Nissen of Henderson, Susanne (Brandon) Berguin, Grand Junction, Colo. and Kristin (Bobby) Gassett, Rowlett, Texas.; grandchildren Jacob (Rachael) Nissen of Laredo, Texas, Justine (Jason) Erickson of Lincoln, Joseph (Michaela) Nissen of York, Joshua Nissen of York, Jesse, Jed, Jacqueline of Henderson, Brandon Berguin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Billy Berguin of Ft. Collins, Colo., Brittany Berguin of Grand Junction, Colo.; Katlin, Allison Hood of Rowlett, Texas; one great-grandchild, Ashlyn Nissen of York.
In lieu of flowers a memoriam can be made to the American Lutheran Church building fund at 631261/2 Rd., Grand Junction, Colo. 81506 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado at 3090B N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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