Guilford Andersen Nissen - November 12, 2013

Guilford Andersen Nissen, 99, of Kronborg died on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora where he resided the past few months.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg. The Rev. Brian Krause will officiate. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Guilford Nissen, the son of Hans J. and Mathilda K. (Andersen) Nissen was born March 2, 1914, near Hampton.
At an early age Guilford moved with his parents to a farm near Marquette and attended the rural Bell School. His formal education ended with Eighth grade graduation and one session at Nysted Folk School after which he began farming due to the untimely death of his older brother.
He had an ear for music, playing the violin as a teenager, the saxophone in his 20s in a local dance band (The 7-Ups), and the piano for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Guilford farmed with his father until 1942, at which time his parents moved to Kronborg when he married Leona Andersen on March 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he had been baptized and confirmed. He was an active lifetime member.
Guilford served in the U.S. Army as a draftsman in the 650th Engineers Topography Battalion at Camp White, Ore. He was honorably discharged in May of 1943 and returned to farming. In 1969 he retired and moved to his parent’s former home in Kronborg.
During his retirement years, Guilford and his wife were involved in a prison ministry, including opening their home to assist prisoners in their transition from prison life to civilian life. Guilford enjoyed raising flowers and furnishing bouquets for worship services and special occasions in the community. Over the years he also made many batches of hand-dipped candy to share with friends both near and far. In later years, until lack of eyesight prevented it, Guilford enjoyed engaging others in challenging games of Scrabble.
Guilford is survived by daughter, Marlys (Alex) Meyer, Snyder; two sons, LaWayne (Pam) Nissen, Marquette, and Leo (Aletia) Nissen, Lincoln; 11 grandchildren: Shaunna Meyer and Scott Leigh, Lincoln; Timothy Meyer, Littleton Colo.; Yvonne Meyer, Lincoln; Daniel (Claudia) Meyer, Buford GA; Michael (Heidi) Meyer, Bethlehem, Ga.; Trent (Shelly) Meyer, Nickerson; Brett (Melisa) Meyer, Snyder; Kelly (Jason) Swantek, Genoa; Cory (Matt) McGrew, LeMars Iowa; Jim Nissen, Lincoln; and Koan (Cassi) Nissen, Lincoln; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Guilford in death were his wife, Leona (Oct. 4, 2000); brother, Raymond; and granddaughter, Taunya Meyer.

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