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Merle Nielsen, 78

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Merle Christian Nielsen, age 78, of River Falls, passed away on June 30.

He was born on July 8, 1934, to Jacob and Clara (Schweitzer) Nielsen in St. Croix County, Wis. Merle was a lifelong farmer. After he retired from farming, woodworking occupied a lot of his time. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

Merle is survived by his wife, Maxine (Deal) Nielsen; seven children; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; siblings Shirley (Richard) Tresselt, Shiela Francis, Melvin (Geraldine), Marvin (Judy), and Malcolm "Buck" (Barb); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Merle will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Cashman-Hill Funeral Home in River Falls. Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery.

Cashman-Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family.

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