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Kirk Nielsen
October 9, 1959 - October 21, 2017

Kirk Eugene Nielsen, 58, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital due to complications from cancer.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday October 26, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Friday October 27, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Josh Schunk officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Kirk was born in Webster City on October 9, 1959 to parents Jens and Joanne (Manship) Nielsen.  He grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1978.  He then attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with his BA in History.  Kirk was employed as a substitute teacher in the Mason City area school districts.  In 2005 he returned to Oelwein and continued teaching for several surrounding school districts in the area.  Kirk was an avid runner and walker, he still holds the 1976 one-mile track record at the Oelwein High school.  Kirk also ran track and cross-country while attending UNI.  He loved to fish and camp, and was also a big history buff.  He loved music and played the guitar.  He followed the LSU Tigers and the L.A. Dodgers.

Kirk is survived by his parents Jens and Joanne Nielsen of Oelwein; his fiancé Kari Jean Kraus of Mason City; his brother Mark (Anna Hogg) Nielsen of Mason City; his sisters: Lynn (Brad) Struve of Maynard and Lori Garceau of Oelwein; his nieces: Kylie (Mike) Ruess, Aimee, Erin, and Megan Nielsen, and Tess Garceau; his nephew Shane (Darcy Jacobsen) Struve; his great-nieces: Quinn, Claire and Hadley Ruess; his aunts and uncles: Ken and Marilyn Nielsen, Roger and Nancy Lenning, and Gary and Deb Crist.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Chris and Thora Nielsen, and Omar and Amy Manship; his aunts and uncles: Dick and Anna Torgerson, Don and Linda Heggen, and Robert and Marylou Manship; his cousin Steve Manship; his nephew Sgt. Seth Garceau. 


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Bill Ramsey on January 28, 2018 at 8:32 AM said:

Just learned of Kirks passing. My sincere sympathy and gods blessings to the Nielson family. Sad to hear of someone that spent childhood memories together has joined our maker. Always enjoyed talking to Kirk, especially conversations about Civil War battles and historical events. Unfortunately we are somewhat isolated from current events in Oelwein and didn’t know of his battle with cancer!
Alice Stanek on October 27, 2017 at 5:47 PM said:

Sorry for your loss. Our dog, Bella, enjoyed barking at Kirk on his walks. Eric had recently spoken with Kirk about the LSU quarterback dilemma.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on October 26, 2017 at 7:18 PM said:

To Mr.and Mrs. Jens Nielsen,Lynn,Lori,Mark and to all your Families,sending our deepest sympathy.
Jeff Carlson on October 25, 2017 at 2:11 PM said:

Sincere sympathy to all of Kirks family. I'm saddened to lose another fellow classmate. Kirk was always very thoughtful and caring. He will certainly be missed by many.
Ron and Cathy Schmitz on October 25, 2017 at 6:22 AM said:

Sending sincere sympathies and heartfelt hugs.
Lyle and Nancy Miller on October 25, 2017 at 5:17 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Paul & Janet Hutter on October 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM said:

We're sorry to hear about Kirk's passing. We grew up across the street from us him running when we lived in Oelwein. I can remember him running by our house many times in all kinds of weather.
Paul & Janet Hutter.
Blaine Fallis on October 24, 2017 at 12:16 PM said:

My condolences to friends and family. I remember him since on the cross country team we would all start running, and the coach put him way back and then waited a long time before starting him running to then catch up with us all. It was awesome to see that and humbling.
Kim Kempker on October 23, 2017 at 8:31 PM said:

So very sorry to hear about fellow classmate & friend.
Thinking of you all.
Todd Brewington on October 23, 2017 at 6:24 PM said:

My deepest sympathies to his family. I went to school with him from 8th grade on and graduated with him in 1978. So many memories.MD
Kimberly Eick Gamm on October 23, 2017 at 6:22 PM said:

My deepest sympathies go out to Kirk's family, I will always remember his deep voice and laugh from high school.
Mindy Stasi Shelangoski on October 23, 2017 at 6:22 PM said:

My thoughts & prayers to the Nielson Family.
Dana Ohl Meyers on October 23, 2017 at 5:54 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers. Kirk and I went through confirmation and graduation of High School together. Being close in the seating charts,allowed me more time to get to know more about Kirk. God bless
Dana Ohl Meyers on October 23, 2017 at 5:53 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers. Kirk and I went through confirmation and graduation of High School together. Being close in the seating charts,allowed me more time to get to know more about Kirk. God bless
Annette Rau Kress on October 23, 2017 at 12:32 PM said:

My sincere condolences to Kirk's family. Thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. A fellow classmate OCHS 1978.
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