Niels Anton Nelson


On May 10, 2013, the Lord took Niels Anton Nelson, 90, of Spearfish, by the hand on his final journey, his loving wife by his side, after spending two and a half years at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center.

Niels was born July 14, 1922, in Dupree, SD, to Anton and Hansine (Sorensen) Nelson and grew up on a ranch south of Eagle Butte. His service in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater, Philippines shaped his love for his country and dedication as a veteran. He was a sixty-three year member of the American Legion and Past Post Commander.

Niels eloped with Maxine to Pierre, SD, on July 5, 1958. They were married just shy of 55 years. They ranched by Eagle Butte until they moved to their ranch in St. Onge. He was known in the Spearfish community as he worked to the tender age of 78. Even though he could appear rough on the edges, he will be remembered by his family as a caring, loving, good provider, mentor, and a devoted husband who took joy and pride spoiling his beloved wife.

Niels spent his life working hard; he could build anything but valued duct tape and bailing wire. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, roller skating, riding horses, and playing with all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Niels is survived by his wife Maxine of Spearfish; his children, Wanda, Frederick (Micheline), John (Donna), Ida, all of South Dakota; his grandchildren, Kristina, Travis, Amanda, Jaimie, Tarah, Alexis; and great grandchildren, Christian, Colby, Matthew, Elise, Hailey, Austin, Kolbe, Nathan; and other relatives.

Niels was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Clinton Nelson.

Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, and he was laid to rest at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Spearfish Post 164 of the American Legion, 19650 Mossing Lane, Spearfish, SD 57783

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish.  Online condolences may be left at


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