Richfield, Utah - Tex Franklin Nielson, age 80, passed away January 11, 2014 in Richfield, surrounded by his family. He was born October 27, 1933 in Koosharem, Utah, the ninth of 11 children born to Lewis Franklin and Harriett Roberts Nielson. He graduated from Richfield High School, Class of 1951. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, October 30, 1951, and served his country for 20 years, where he was a Military Policeman and an Instrument Panel Technician, retiring October 30, 1971.
Tex married the love of his life, Delores Williams, from Teasdale, Utah on May 28, 1956 in Fredonia, Arizona. They had three children.
Dad always loved working with wood, from remodeling, arts and crafts, to filling the wood pile. So, after moving home to Utah, he attended Sevier Valley Tech, where he obtained a building trades degree.
He drove the Senior Citizen Bus for a couple of years. He really enjoyed the camaraderie and time spent with the other seniors.
Dad enjoyed hunting, fishing, hunting arrowheads, camping with his family and four-wheeling with the grandchildren. But, mostly he was known for telling his stories, loving the children and caring for his family. He always showed respect and taught it as well. Dad, you will be missed, we all love you.
Tex is survived by his beloved wife, Delores, of Richfield; children: Terri Brown of Richfield; Karen and Dave Julander of Annabella; Robert and Doreen Nielson of Salina; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters: Jean Riddle, Lila and Garrett Billings, all of Richfield; sister-in-law: Mary Nielson of Kearns, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Faye and June Nielson, Darrell and Louie Nielson, Bud and Marilyn Nielson, Weldo and Mazie Nielson; Calvin Nielson and infant brother, Arlo; sisters: Zell Gibb and De Esta Anderson; brother-in-law, Forrest Riddle and a son-in-law, Dusty Brown.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Springer Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 260 North 400 West in Richfield, where friends may call for viewing Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services.
Burial with military honors accorded by the VFW Sevier Post #5050 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the Richfield City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.