Richard Nissen

Richard Nissen

Thursday, March 12th, 1936 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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Obituary

Hans Richard Nissen, 83, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon, Iowa.

The son of Adolf and Annie Nissen, was born March 12, 1936, in North Bend, Nebraska. He graduated from North Bend High School, and then attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. After completing his education, he was employed as a high school teacher and coach in Missouri Valley, Iowa, then moved to Atlantic where he taught math and coached football, basketball, and track and field until he retired. Both in the classroom and on the field, he touched the lives of many youth.

On July 17, 1960, he was united in marriage to Myrna Louise Karloff in Yutan, Nebraska. They had three sons: Chris, Mark, and Craig. They made their home first in Missouri Valley, Iowa, where he taught at the Logan Community Schools for a few years. In 1969, they moved to Atlantic, Iowa. They continued to enjoy their home in Atlantic before moving to Fremont, Nebraska in September of 2017.

Richard was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. He taught Sunday School for many years and served on the church council several times. He was very active in the community and enjoyed serving anyway he could. That included being a member of the Lions Club in Atlantic and delivering Meals-On-Wheels. He enjoyed being outdoors, walking, gardening, hunting, and especially fishing. He loved meeting new people, and often could be found extending his hand and offering his name to everyone around him.

Richard is survived by his sister, Joan Werblow of Omaha, Nebraska; his sons: Chris and wife Heidi Nissen of Winter Haven, Florida; Mark and wife Gemma Nissen of Elk Grove, Illinois; Craig and wife Christen Nissen of Kalispell, Montana; his grandchildren: Stefan Nissen, Luis Nissen, Parker Nissen, Carter Nissen, Sam Nissen, and Grayson Nissen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Myrna, his parents, and his brothers Henry, Walter, Bernard, and Edward.

Visitation with the family present will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of the service, Friday, October 18, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. A private family burial will take place at the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Meals-On-Wheels, the Atlantic Lion’s Club, or the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Richard’s family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

IN LOVING MEMORY
Richard Nissen

BORN
March 12, 1936 - North Bend, Nebraska

DIED
October 15, 2019 - Sheldon, Iowa
At the age of 83 Years, 7 Months, 3 Days


FUNERAL SERVICE
1:00 p.m., October 18, 2019
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - Atlantic, Iowa

OFFICIANT
Reverend Sharon Worthington

ORGANIST
Jan Highfill

MUSICAL SELECTIONS
“Take My Life and Let It Be” by the congregation
“Blessed Assurance” by the congregation
“Fishing Blues” recorded by Taj Mahal

CASKET BEARERS
Stefan Nissen
Parker Nissen
Carter Nissen
Dale Nygren
David Nygren
Steve Nissen

HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Don Williams
Craig Schrader

INTERMENT
Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa

The family has suggested memorials be made to Meals on Wheels,
Atlantic Lions Club or the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.

Please join the family for lunch immediately following the service.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    Address
    1011 East 13th Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Service

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    Address
    1011 East 13th Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Interment

    Location
    Atlantic Cemetery
    Address
    63119 White Pole Road
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    A private family burial will take place at the Atlantic Cemetery.
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    Address
    1011 East 13th Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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Jim Meduna

Posted at 10:14am
We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We so enjoyed him and your mom over the years. Your dad always had a smile and was so kind. We will miss him. Our prayers to you all.
Jim, Mary, Spence, and Evan Meduna
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Twila Henning

Posted at 09:04pm
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of your father. Dick was very likable and good at what he did. May God grant you peace and comfort at this sad time. Twila Henning
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Gladys Drenkow

Posted at 01:09pm
Sorry for your loss. You will be comforted by the many wonderful memories. God give you his peace and comfort as you take this journey.
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Stacy Van Aernam

Posted at 03:22pm
So sad to see this today! Mr. Nissen was an AMAZING teacher ....he never gave up on me when I would struggle with math. He would let me come in the morning or would stay after school to go over what I was having troubles with. He was that teacher who made a difference in a kiddos life. He will be greatly missed.
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Beth

Posted at 11:40pm
Your dad was a well respected teacher in the Atlantic School System. Always kind, fair and a smile on his face.
Please accept my sympathy,
Beth Becker Meyer (Class of 73')
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