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David (Dave) Eric Nielsen, 80 of Battlefield, passed from this life on June 6, 2022, in Springfield.

He attended Alexander Ramsey High School and then served in the Navy for three years as a FTG2 on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Randolph, which took him around the world and most notably to the Cuban blockade.
Dave was married to the love of his life, Juanita, on July 30, 1966, and they enjoyed 53 years together until her passing in March 2020. From their marriage, two children were born and several dogs were adopted.

Though Dave was employed in several different fields in his lifetime, from repairing mainframe computers to over the road trucking with Juanita to driving a dedicated route to Fed Ex, his favorite “job” was working the forty acres he built a passive solar house on in 1979.

He is survived by his daughter Laura Rankin and husband Tom; his son John Nielsen and wife Mindy; four beautiful grandchildren: Kylie Hoelcher, Ben Rankin, Catie Rankin, and Gabby Nielsen; two brothers, Doug Nielsen and Dennis Nielsen, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, 2001 W. Walnut lawn St., Springfield, MO. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

Dave’s care and arrangements have been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Ltd. DeGraffenreid – Wood Crematory.