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Bruce Nielsen

Bruce Nielsen, 65, of Forreston, died on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at home following an extended illness. 

He was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on Nov. 15, 1953 and was the youngest son of Jens “Leo” and Betty (Pedersen) Nielsen. 

He resided there with his family until they moved to Elizabeth in 1956 and then to Hanover in 1959 on the farm. 

He moved to Freeport with his family after his father died. 

He graduated from Freeport High School and worked at Imperial Gas Station, did landscaping, and started driving truck. 

He worked for Barr Trucking and Asche Transfer before becoming an owner/operator of Nielsen Trucking LLC. 

He loved volunteering for the Friends Forever Humane Society and being a part of its board of directors. 

He had a great love for tractor pulling and being a part of the Midwest Pullers and racing three-wheelers and motorcycles. 

He married Jami Branthaver August 1st of 2006.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jami; his daughter, Kyndra; son, Brady; grandchildren, Aleah, Kiley (Sean) Wight; and great-granddaughter, Luna; two brothers, Leslie (Carol), Arlan (Charlene); sister, Mary (Brian); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Ellen Reitz. He was greatly loved by friends and family and dearly missed. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. also at Burke-Tubbs, Forreston. 

Burial will be at White Oak Cemetery, Forreston. 

A memorial has been established for Friends Forever. Visit to sign Bruce's online guestbook and to share memories.

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