Logan Herald Journal, 07/31/13
PRESTON — Devoted and beloved father, grandfather, uncle, brother dad and friend, Homer Leon Nielson, 90, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Cleveland, Idaho, the ninth child among 10 born to Edgar Odland and Catherine Ann Bevins Nielson. His early years were spent on a homestead in the foothills, of the Cleveland mountains on the west side of what was called Gentile Valley.
Cleveland Elementary was two rooms and full of learning, teasing, pranks and mischief. Homer was a typical boy and was punished often by being sent to a small library room in the back of the school where the books were kept. Punishment? Not hardly! Homer had his nose in a book every chance he got. He especially loved history and geography books.
Later Homer would see the world with his sweetheart Ane Ora Hansen and their daughter Christie Ann. They married on Jan. 31, 1946 in Preston, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 9, 1952. Homer honorably served our country as a Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force for more than 31 years. He and his family lived in Saudi Arabia, Texas, California, Belgium, Montana, Thailand, Samoa, and Mountain Home, Idaho. He was known as Roamer by his siblings! He was a part of history, flying over the beaches of Normandy as a gunner and bombardier in a B-17 on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
You would never know of what amazing leadership and courage Home was unless he told you in one of his fabulous stories. He was handsome beyond words and humble and loving, full of wisdom and compassion. He served in many leadership capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world. He and Annie served many missions and loved all people. He especially loved his brothers and sisters and celebrated times they could go fishing and hunting together or just sit down to a meal. He cherished his beautiful grandchildren and treasured his Annie and Christie Ann.
He is survived by Christie Ann Buchin, of Blackfoot, Idaho; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and one sister Ora Smout Rasmussen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his siblings Delbert Hyrum Nielson, Erma Catherine Austin, Leland Nels Nielson, Della Bodell Higley, Verl Joseph Nielson, Harvey Dee Nielson, Donna Keller Moser and Merlin Edgar Nielson.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 East in Preston. A viewing will be 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Webb Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com .