Alden "Al" A. Nielsen

Monday, January 12th, 1931 - Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Alden “Al” A. Nielsen, 89, of Allegan, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego, Michigan. Born January 12, 1931, in Allegan, Michigan, he was the son of the late Adler and Ethel (Clark) Nielsen and the husband of the late Eleanor L. (Huff) Nielsen. Al proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1953 when he was honorably discharged. On August 20, 1955, he married Eleanor at the United Methodist Church, where they have been members for over 60 years. Starting at a young age, Al went to work and had a variety of jobs. He worked at the Fennville Canning Company, Superior Dairy in Allegan, and the Allegan Bakery where he baked his own wedding cake of which he was very proud. In 1965, along with his brother Harry, they opened Nielsen's Gulf Service. After closing the gas station he went to work at Rockwell International as a machinist until the company left town. He then worked for Allegan Public Schools as a bus driver and then as the head mechanic until his retirement. He was a member of the Allegan American Legion Post 89 and the VFW Post 3667 Wood-Laninga. He and Eleanor were members of the Civil Air Patrol Michigan Wing 63 Group 9, and they were among the founding members of the Port-A-Beds camping group. Al spent his life providing for his family and serving his community. The moments shared continue on in beautiful memories to cherish.

Al is survived by his children, Tim (Linda) Nielsen, Chris Nielsen, and Anita (David) Sponseller; six grandchildren, Matt (Shaye) Nielsen, David (Mandy) Nielsen, Steve (Rachel) Nielsen, Jerrica Dominique, Allison Nielsen, and Rachel Sponseller; four great-grandchildren, Marcus, Eli, Hannah and Evelyn; his brothers-in-law, Phil Himmelein and Donald (Beverly) Huff; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Louise Nielsen, and Arlene (Don) Morse; and his brothers, Harry (Carrie) Nielsen and Mart (June) Nielsen; and sister-in-law Carolyn Himmelein.

Due to recent regulations, the family will hold a Memorial Service at a later date. Donations to Allegan United Methodist Church, Dollars for Scholars, Vicinia Gardens or Kindred Hospice are suggested. Please follow our website ( for updates on the service.
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    Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel
    528 Trowbridge Street
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
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  • Interment

    Mallory Cemetery
    913 M-40 South
    Allegan, MI 49010
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Lee and Diane Boysen

Posted at 07:04pm
We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. Prayers going up and out to families and friends. Al was a very nice man.

Pat Broadhurst

Posted at 11:49am
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was such a good man and always made me laugh and had big hugs. He will be sorely missed by family and so many friends. My condolences to the family.

Sara Kinney

Posted at 07:02am
So sorry to hear of your loss. Al was a great man and will be missed by many

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