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Guilford Nissen

Guilford Andersen Nissen, 99, of Kronborg died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora where he resided the past few months.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 18th at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Rev. Brian Krause will officiate. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M., Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Guilford Nissen, the son of Hans J. and Mathilda K. (Andersen) Nissen was born March 2, 1914 near Hampton, Nebraska and passed away on November 12, 2013 at Aurora, Nebraska at the age of 99.

At an early age Guilford moved with his parents to a farm near Marquette and attended the rural Bell School. His formal education ended with 8th grade graduation and one session at Nysted Folk School after which he began farming due to the untimely death of his older brother.

He had an ear for music, playing the violin as a teenager, the saxophone in his twenties in a local dance band (The 7-Ups), and the piano for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Guilford farmed with his father until 1942 at which time his parents moved to Kronborg when he married Leona Andersen on March 22 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church where he had been baptized and confirmed. He was an active lifetime member.

Guilford served in the US Army as a draftsman in the 650th Engineers Topography Battalion at Camp White, Oregon. He was honorably discharged in May of 1943 and returned to farming. In 1969 he retired and moved to his parentís former home in Kronborg.

During his retirement years, Guilford and his wife were involved in a prison ministry, including opening their home to assist prisoners in their transition from prison life to civilian life. Guilford enjoyed raising flowers and furnishing bouquets for worship services and special occasions in the community. Over the years he also made many batches of hand-dipped candy to share with friends both near and far. In later years, until lack of eyesight prevented it, Guilford enjoyed engaging others in challenging games of Scrabble!

Guilford is survived by daughter, Marlys (Alex) Meyer, Snyder NE; two sons, LaWayne (Pam) Nissen, Marquette NE and Leo (Aletia) Nissen, Lincoln NE; 11 grandchildren: Shaunna Meyer and Scott Leigh, Lincoln NE; Timothy Meyer, Littleton CO; Yvonne Meyer, Lincoln NE; Daniel (Claudia) Meyer, Buford GA; Michael (Heidi) Meyer, Bethlehem GA; Trent (Shelly) Meyer, Nickerson NE; Brett (Melisa) Meyer, Snyder NE; Kelly (Jason) Swantek, Genoa NE; Cory (Matt) McGrew, LeMars IA; Jim Nissen, Lincoln NE; and Koan (Cassi) Nissen, Lincoln NE; and 27 great grandchildren.

Preceding Guilford in death were his wife, Leona (Oct. 4, 2000); brother, Raymond; and granddaughter, Taunya Meyer.

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