Gary Nissen - October 23, 2013Memorial Services for Gary Nissen, age 67, of O’Neill, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Rev. John Ryding will officiate. Gary died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, while on vacation in South Carolina. Condolences may be made online at biglinsmortuary.com, or Biglin’s Mortuary, 111 N. Third, O’Neill, Neb., 68763.
He was born Dec. 15, 1945, in Grand Island to Delmar and Pauline (Norgard) Nissen and grew up on the family farm in Hamilton County. He was baptized and confirmed at Kronborg Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He graduated from Marquette High School in 1965. He had a 15-year career with Burlington Northern Railroad, was manager at Christensen Farms and drove truck for Kracl Farms. He married Mary Ann Meierhenry on Dec. 15, 1990, in O’Neill at Christ Lutheran Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, driving truck, fishing and spending time at his cabin.
He was preceded in death by his father, half-brother Donald Henne and one step-grandson.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Nissen, O’Neill; mother, Pauline Nissen, Aurora; brother, Rex (Barb) Nissen, Aurora; his children, Brenda Nissen, Blair; Chad (Carol) Nissen, Elwood; Kimberly (Bryce) Betke, Crete; stepchildren, Alan (Jennifer) Meierhenry, Jackson, S.C.; Lorri Hansen, O’Neill; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.