Lawrance Cloward “Larry” Nielsen, 86 of Eureka, died Wednesday, May 24, 2018 at Vintage Park in Eureka. He was born June 12, 1931, in Elberta, Utah, the son of Oral Lavay and Myrtle Leonteen Bronson Nielsen. He was raised by his mother, stepfather William VanNosdol, and his grandparents. Larry attended local schools until he became of age to join the United States Army on September 14, 1948. During his military career he was stationed in many different states, as well as Japan, Korea and Vietnam. He served in the Korean War as well as Vietnam. While in the military he earned his GED, and served in many capacities. He also received many citations and awards. On February 12, 1968, after twenty years of service, he retired from the United States Army. He was married to Nancy Corbin for four years. This union later ended in divorce. On November 14, 1966, he was united in marriage to Shirley Earlene Hayden and they made their home in Texas, where he was stationed, and then Utah. After his return from Vietnam and his retirement from the Army, the couple moved from Utah to Bronson, where he worked for Extrusions in Fort Scott for three years. In 1973 the couple made a final move to Eureka, where Larry began as ranch manager for Lynn Braden at Braden Farms. He also worked for Lynn at Eureka Downs. He is survived by his daughter, Angela Dawn Nielsen, and two grandchildren, all of rural Eureka; one brother, Donald Edward “Ted” VanNosdol; and one sister, Anna Rae Jolley, both of Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents Myrtle and William; three brothers, George Lester, George Burley and Glade LaRoy Van- Nosdol; and one grandson. Graveside services and inurnment, to be held Saturday, August 4, at Yates Center Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Moore of the Eureka Community Church officiating. A celebration of life will be held at the VFW hall in Eureka at 12:30 p.m., following the service. A memorial has been established with the Resident Christmas Fund at Vintage Park of Eureka. The family is also accepting contributions for his funeral expense.

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