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Dean Nilges

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Dean E. Nilges age 81 of Fredericksburg, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014, at his home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg with Pastor Burt Williams presiding. Interment will be in Union Mound Cemetery, Sumner. Friends may greet the family 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. Tuesday January 14, 2014, at Hugeback – Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Dean E. Nilges was born June 23, 1932 in Adair, Iowa the son of Paul and Frances (Wortman) Nilges. Dean attended DMT School near Rolfe, Iowa and graduated in 1951. From 1953 – 1955, Dean served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served in the 999th Armored Field Battalion and made the rank of Sergeant while in Korea. Dean returned home from the war and was introduced to Charlene Benson. The couple were married January 19, 1958, at the Ottosen Presbyterian Church in Ottosen, Iowa. To this union two children were born; Paul in 1959 and Larry in 1962. Dean started farming with his twin brother Dale in Britt, Iowa. Together they moved their farming partnership to Sumner in 1959. Dean started his own farming operation in 1972, and retired from farming in the early 1990’s. Dean had a passion for restoring Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping and traveling south with Charlene for 23 years. He was very active in the community and was a part of many organizations including; Thomas E. Woods American Legion in Sumner, IA, lifetime member of the Tripoli VFW, member of the Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg and served many years on the Bremer County Soybean Association. Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his wife, Charlene Nilges of Fredericksburg; two sons, Paul (Linda) Nilges of Tripoli, IA, Larry (Karman) Nilges of Sumner, IA; grandchildren, Tiffany (Mitch) Coffin, Cody Nilges and Kelsey Nilges; sister, Darlene (Donald) Hansmeier of Corwith, IA. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Peggy in 1932, twin brother, Dale in 2011.

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  1. Charlene & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we allways enjoyed your visits when you stopped and visited us in Arizona and talked about the good times. May God be with you and your family. Dean & Joyce Craun

  2. Charlene and the Nilges Family-Our deepest sympathies to the family during this very difficult time. You are in our thought and prayers. Love, John Abate & Uta Nilges-Abate

  3. Charlene and family, You have our sympathy, God bless you all and may all of the fond memories sustain you. Sorry we can’t be there for you at this difficult time. Richard and Rose Holschlag

  4. My thoughts and prayers to you all. I will miss Uncle Dean. There are many years of great memories and laughter. God Bless you all. Love, Scott Flores

  5. We are very sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time. Kent & Shirley Warnke

  6. Larry and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dean. Our prayers are to you and your family. Sarah Pickar

  7. Charlene and family, we are so sorry to hear of Dean’s death and thinking of you and our prayers are with you and your family.

  8. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will miss our traveling excursions and all the trips and so many memories; too many to list . Again sincere sympathy to entire family.

  9. Dean, you are now back together with your brother up in that wonderful place of heaven. i sure am glad that i came up to see you in december. will never forget that day ….wonderful visit. will miss you uncle.

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