Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Ove Johannes Nielsen, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood.
He was born June 1, 1922, to Danish immigrants Skov and Nilsine Nielsen. He grew up on the family farm between Dagmar and Reserve with his older brothers, Arne and Alf, and his sister, Vera. He attended elementary and Dane school in the Dagmar community and graduated from Antelope High School.
After high school, he set out for California where he worked first as a farm laborer and then as a welder in the shipyards. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Virginia to train as a deep-sea diver. He was stationed in Southampton, England, where he met his future wife, Mary Lewington.
After the war, he returned to the Dagmar area to farm. He and Mary married Jan. 21, 1947, and raised two children, Michael and Julie. In addition to farming, he sold insurance and investments for Hamilton Funds and Waddell and Reed. In 1986, they bought and renovated their house in Plentywood. Mary died in December 2000.
In 2002, he met Eva Stallsworth of Milpitas,
Calif. They lived in California during the winter and Plentywood during the summer. They took cruises to Mexico and along the Mississippi. They stayed full time in Plentywood after 2008.
He loved his family. In their home, the door and their hearts were always open. Many friends became like family over the years.
He loved his community. He served on several boards, including long stints on the Nathanael Church council, the Medicine Lake School board, the Pioneer Manor board and the Sheridan County draft board. Through his community activities and his insurance and investment sales, he came to know every family and its history in Sheridan County and the surrounding area. He would take guests on epic drives, pointing out old homesteads and telling stories about the people who had lived there and their relationships to the community today.
He was always ready for a game of cards or a good story. He and Mary parked a camping trailer at Brush Lake during the summer. He would patiently (or not) tinker with the 40-horsepower motor of his old boat and taught countless people to water ski. On their travels through the U.S. and to Denmark and England, he either found someone he knew or made a new friend.
The last survivor of his family of five siblings, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Alf and Arne; two sisters, Vera Andersen and another in infancy; his wife, Mary; and a son, Michael.
He is survived by his companion, Eva; daughter, Julie Howat of Lawrence, Kansas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 3, at Nathanael Lutheran Church of Dagmar with Pastor Johnette Grefe officiating. Interment with military honors was in Nathanael Cemetery. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood was in charge of arrangements.