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Donovan Chris Nielsen

May 4, 1945 - January 8, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Donovan Chris Nielsen

Donovan Chris Nielsen

Born: May 4, 1945
Died: January 8, 2021
Age: 75

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Donovan Chris Nielsen, the son of Donovan Irving and Ella Majoria Guthrie Nielsen, was born May 4, 1945, in Sioux City, Iowa.  Chris was baptized on December 22, 1946 and confirmed on April 7, 1963, at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.  He received his education and graduated from Spencer High School on May 29, 1963.  Chris then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.  He served with the National Guard from 1967- 1973.

     On November 21, 1973, Chris married Sandra Luella Smock at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.  Following their marriage, Chris worked for Nielsen Tire Company which he became a partner in 1981.  He delivered Des Moines Registers and freight for Max Koch Delivery for 37 years.  In his spare time, Chris built and raced 6 cylinder modified race cars and street rods and enjoyed going to races with family and friends.  He was a life-long member of the First Congregational Church where he served as Deacon, usher and served communion.  He was a member of Old Iron since 1987, and lifetime member of Iowa Street Rod Association.

     Chris passed away on January 8, 2021, at home at the age of 75.  He is preceded in death by his parents; his in-law’s: Claude and Neva Smock; one brother-in-law, Michael Fischer.

     He is survived by his wife, Sandi of Spencer; two daughters: Peggy (Jody) Halverson and Angela Nielsen, all of Spencer; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Katelyn Halverson of Spencer; sister, Barbara Nielsen Fischer of Spencer; niece, Sarah Fischer (Tim Kearns); nephew, D.J. Fischer; other relatives and friends.






























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SERVICES
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Warner Chapel in Spencer.

Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established by the family.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Casey VanderBent
CASKET BEARERS
Beth Halverson
Katie Halverson
D.J. Fischer
John Smock
Terry Shields
Troy Stephas

HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Gary Boyd
Ted Thomas
Roger Steely
Kelly Polson
Grant Schenk
Duane Newman
Blaine and Lori Brinkmeyer
John and Rose Hodgins
Oscar Martinez
Orville Stephas
Dean Skinner
Darrell Todd

VISITATION
Will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
MUSIC
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"

by Gary Klett

Organist, Elina Ozolins
INTERMENT
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Condolences

Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:03 AM
“I’m sorry to hear that this great man has passed! I will always remember going to the tire shop and chatting with him weather about old cars or just what was going on in life. Chris had a kind and nice soul. ”
- Luke Schueneman
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:44 PM
“Sandy, So sorry to learn of your loss of Chris. I always enjoyed spending a few moments chatting with you both. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family as you grieve his loss. ”
- Carole Feldhacker
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“Sandi and family, we just learned of Chris’s passing and send our deepest sympathy to all of you. We have so many fond memories of Chris and the countless hours working together over the past several decades. Our hearts are so heavy, but we pray Gods grace will sustain you all during this difficult time. Much love and prayers. ”
- Steve and Nanette Koch
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:01 AM
“Sandi & Family. We are so saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. He was such a great guy! We could always count on him to take care of our tire needs but he was also just a great friend!! He will be greatly missed!! ”
- Art & Kay Schueneman
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM
“Sandy and family, Spencer lost a very nice and appreciated guy as shown in the huge list of people offering condolences. Chris touched a lot of people. The "Classy looking green Ford" was a signature car. When you saw it, you knew Chris wasn't far away. Always enjoyed seeing you and Chris at the CCF gate for the Old Iron gathering. My old friend - his Dad Don, would be proud of Chris's following. RIP Chris. Life well lived. Dave Potratz”
- Dave Potratz
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM
“Sandy I am so sorry to hear of Chris's death. My love and prayers are with you and the girls.”
- Joyce Kintigh Chesney
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:03 PM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Nielsen family. Say hi to my Dad (Jim Guthrie) up there Chris, he always spoke highly of you.”
- Sandi Guthrie White
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:02 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Chris. We send our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories and faith bring you and your family much comfort at this difficult time. ”
- Rod and Helen Castenson
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:02 PM
“Sorry to hear about Chris. My sympathy goes out Sandy and family. I could always count on Chris to buy a 50/50 raffle ticket from Steve and I to support IRRMA. John also thought a lot of Chris.”
- Naomi Senn
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Sandi and girls, It is very hard to accept that Chris has passed. Such a good friend! He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Barbara L Lancaster
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:34 AM
“Dear Sandi, I am thinking of you and your beautiful family during this time of loss, knowing you will always have comfort in your memories.
Chris will be remembered for his dedication to family, church, work and friends...a kind & gentle-man! ”
- Vicki Porter Kramer
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM
“Nielsen family, so sorry to hear of the loss of Chris. He was a funny guy with never ending smiles. Prayers for you all during this time. ”
- Laura Johnson
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:07 AM
“Sandi and Family
We were so sorry to hear about Chris passing away!
As we talked last, we really enjoyed the last two KICD bus trips to Branson. So glad we were able to enjoy the time together.
Also when the Traidmarx played for one of his birthday’s several years ago and helping the Sheriff’s Office save taxpayers money through a government contract on pursuit tires.
Take care and God Bless ✝️
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:07 AM
“Sandi and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Chris' quick passing. I will miss seeing his wonderful smile and twinkling eyes when I am in Spencer. He was my oldest friend (75 years). We celebrated our first birthdays together as mine was at the end of April, and we lived next door. Give each other BIG HUGS!
- Donna Dyhrkopp Clarke
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:07 AM
“My sympathy is with the family. Sandy, Peggy & Angie my heart is broken. Chris always made me smile. You all are in my thoughts.”
- Kristi Hoger
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:07 AM
“We are very sorry to hear of Chris's passing. We cherish all the wonderful moments we shared with you and your family. Chris will be missed!
- Chuck and Jane Winkenwerder
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:51 PM
“Words can not express my feelings. Chris was a very special cousin to me and nephew to my mother. My prayers for Sandi, Peggy and Angie and his grand children”
- Fran determann
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 3:59 PM
“Very sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. Had many interactions with him & he was always friendly & kind! God’s peace to the family. ”
- Chapman David
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:53 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. We are thinking of you and your family. Prayers and thoughts to all of you🙏🙏”
- Glenn Brandsma
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:02 PM
“Dear Sandi and girls, My deepest sympathies on the loss of Chris. He always had a smile (even when the music was too loud) and could tap his toes to the beat with the best of the crowd. I can't imagine when we can do Rock the Roof again and he won't be sitting there or dancing. God Bless and cherish the memories. Doris”
- Doris Welle
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:48 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of such a kind and sincere man. Chris was always friendly and we enjoyed having conversations with him. I remember Chris and I putting the overhead garage doors in Terry Shields garage together. He was fun to work with.”
- Mike J Carpenter
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“Sandy, you and your family have our deepest sympathy. Will keep all of you in my prayers.”
- Darrell & Connie Stave
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:48 AM
“Sandy and girls, you have our sincerest, heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Chris was a genuinely nice person that will be missed by who that knew him. ”
- David & Betty Krogh
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:48 AM
“Sandy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Chris passing. He was always our go to for tires and was always able to get my van in at 7:30 a.m. when I was coming in with a slow leaking tire. Always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed.”
- Dean and Diane Parks
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“We are sad to hear of the passing of Chris. He always had time for a chat and a smile, a very kind and good man. He will be missed by so many.”
- Marc and Connie Heien
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Dear Sandy, Peggy and Angie, We send our sincerest, heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Chris was a wonderful, kind and genuinely nice person. May God's love surround you and help ease your sorrow. With love and sympathy. Milo and Sharon ”
- Milo & Sharon Allen
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Sandy & Family, I’m very sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. Whether I was buying tires from Chris, seeing both of you at dances, or being around him at the rare social event, I enjoyed his company. May the Lord give you strength to endure now & forever.”
- Rich Bailey
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Dear Sandy, Peggy, Angie & Family. We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Chris. So sorry! Your years together were blessed with much love & happiness & may those memories help ease your sadness. We care! God bless! Art & Margie Johnson”
- Art & Margie Johnson
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Awe, I’m sad to hear about this. I always enjoyed when Chris and Angie would come visit at the sprint car races. Will miss talking racing and his awesome overalls! Condolences to the whole family, Chris will be missed.
Peace and blessings to you all, from Craig and Julie Dollansky”
- Julie Slaymaker Dollansky
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Always enjoyed talking to Chris he was one of the GOOD guys. Sending prayers 🙏 ”
- Loren & Rhonda Remillard
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Sandy and family. We were so sorry to hear about Chris. He was such a good person with a great sense of humor. Always enjoyed his teasing in church. You are “one “special family in the church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Dennis and Kaye Price
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Sandy & Family
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our sincerest condolences . Our hearts are with you as you travel this hard road ahead. God Bless you all. ”
- Frank & Della Jeffrey
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Sandy & Peggy, I was so saddened to hear of Chris's passing! Please know that I am keeping you, and all your family, in my thoughts and prayers! May you all feel the loving arms of Jesus wrapping you in His care during these next few difficult days as well as the weeks and months ahead! Please know you both have a special place in the heart of myself and a young man we all know! 😉”
- Kim (Carrigan) Baxter
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:19 PM
“So sorry to hear about Chris's passing, Sandy. You are very good neighbors. May God be with you at this time. Peace to you! ”
- Jerry and Peggy Roberts
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:19 PM
“Sandi, Peggy & Angie~Saddened to heat this news!!! Comfort & prayers for all of you in the days ahead. He was certainly a quiet, gentle true family man! Remember the promise of baptism.....we will see our loved ones once again in eternity ”
- Kris Alle
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:19 PM
“We were so sorry to hear about your earthly goodbyes to Chris. All of you in Chris's family are dear, kind people, so he was incredibly proud of all of you! Please know our hearts are thinking of each of you!”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:18 PM
“I'm so very sorry to hear this. Chris was such a beautiful soul! We had wonderful conversations when I worked at Nielsen's and after when he delivered to Graettinger. My kids thought he was Santa Claus and I didn't tell them any differently. He had the heart of St. Nick, for sure! Sending you all my condolences.”
- Heidi Skattebo
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:18 PM
“Sandy, so sorry about the loss of Chris. May you feel the love of family and friends as they extend and share heartfelt memories that will forever be extra special. Prayers to you and family.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:48 AM
“Chris was a nice guy and a car guy he was a nice car guy allways had time to talk and teach and say hi smiles all the time enjoyed life and family he will be missed by many a void to not just family and friends but also community”
- Jr schomaker /schomaker family
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:47 AM
“Sandy, Peggy and Angie- my condolences to you and your family over the loss of Chris. My your memories with him bring you comfort. ”
- Janet Boyens
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“One of the kindest men I've ever met. My sincere condolences to his Family. ”
- Doug Alger
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandi and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Chris. We have lots of good memories of Him
Know you are all in our thoughts and Prayers.
Roger and Jackie”
- Jackie Mann
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandy and family: I'm truly sorry to hear of Chris's passing. May the Lord ease your sorrow and pain and know you are in my prayers.”
- Toni Corcoran
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandy, Peggy and Angie I am saddened to see that Chris passed away. My thoughts and prayers to you all. He was a heck of a guy.”
- Chavon (Parks) Struve
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandi and family-
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength for you and your loved ones during this time of sorrow. ”
- Gina Guthrie Patton
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandi, Peggy and Jody, Beth and Katie,
I'm so sorry to hear the news. My deepest sympathies to you all in this difficult time. May God comfort you all.”
- marcia smith
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. ”
- Lance Winther
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“our deepest condolences too your family from ours....Chris was so easy going and would always shoot the breeze with you with not a care in the world and will always remember him in his " B I B S " and talking about racing and sprint cars .........Godspeed Chris”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandi, Peggy and Angie so sorry for your loss. Chris was a wonderful husband, father, and a great neighbor. He will be missed. May God give you strength for this very hard time. Our love, hugs, and prayers for l of you. Bill and Bonnie.”
- Bill and Bonnie Welle
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear this sad news !
You all have my deepest sympathies!”
- Rhonda Olson
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Sandy and family, I am so sad to hear of Chris's passing. As I said to one of my son's "He was such a good guy, He always took time to talk to you." Just remember that he is in a better place now.”
- Judy Langholz
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. May your memories stay with you and may Chris Rest In Peace.”
- Lorri Jahn Slaymaker
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:54 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ”
- Jerry and Patty Jones
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:56 PM
“Sandy, We are so very sorry to hear about Chris!!!! He was a wonderful church member and I will always remember him loving to dance with you and his family. He truly loved his family!!!! Its going to be weird not seeing him! May God wrap his arms around you all and guide you through this!”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:56 PM
“Dear, dear Sandi and family; know that Bob and I are so sorry for your loss of the life of Chris. He was such a good man. He enjoyed his interests in cars and good music with you, Sandi, and he valued his family immensity. We keep you all in our hearts. ❤️”
- Bob & Nira Rusk
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:56 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Chris, and our thoughts are with the family. He was a great guy, and we always enjoyed our visits.”
- Clark and Linda Marshall
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:55 PM
“Sandi and family, so very sorry to hear this, he always called me by both by first and middle name anytime we met. he will be missed..\
- Nancy Newgard
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:55 PM
“Sandi and family,
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Julie Beehler
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 3:32 PM
“Dear Sandi and Family; Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Chris was one of a kind and will be missed by those had the honor of knowing him. "Rest In Peace" my friend. Bill Hansen”
- Billy Hansen
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM
“Sandy & Family,
It is with deepest sympathy we send our condolences in your loss. May you feel the comfort and love surrounding you from so many who care.
Larry & LaVonne Clark”
- LaVonne Clark
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM
“Sandi and family,

We are so sorry to hear about Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family! Thank you for all the phone calls, food you brought over, and the visits when I broke my hip and had my bout with Covid. God bless you. We will never forget you!


The Emmert's
- Ken & Shari Emmert
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to you all .We will cherish all our great memories of good times with Chris. May he rest in peace and peace to the family he was so proud of.”
- Mike and Deb Travis
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“Sorry to hear about Chris...brings back many memories of years ago. Hoping for peace for those he left behind.”
- Joanne Schar
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