Harlan Eugene Nielson


Harlan Eugene Nielson, age 66, passed away at his home in Kemmerer, on Tuesday, April 19. Harlan was the youngest son of Walter “Walt” and Virginia Nielson’s seven children. He was born June 21, 1955, in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Harlan grew up raising hell with his four older brothers and two younger sisters in the LaBarge, Big Piney and Kemmerer area.

Harlan met Susie Giron, the love of his life, his 11th-grade year when his family moved from Big Piney to Kemmerer. He married Susie on Aug. 25, 1973. They were sealed for eternity June 22, 1996, in the LDS Bountiful Temple. Together they raised their three children Rikki, Shawnee and Harlan “Andy.” He also helped raise his 15 grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Throughout his life, Harlan worked with his dad and brothers in the oilfield as a derrick hand, pumper and flow tester. He was always willing to share that knowledge with those willing to learn. Harlan was regularly welcoming people into the family.

Harlan is preceded in death by his parents, Walt and Virginia Nielson and Silas and Elizabeth Giron; and his brothers, Richard, Wally, Randy “Red” and Sam. Harlan is also preceded in death by two nephews, Bart Nielson and Stacy Christiansen; and two nieces, Samantha Nielson and Angel Evans.

Harlan is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susie; children, Rikki (Edward) Rogers, Shawnee Herrera and Andy (Brooke) Nielson; grandchildren, Destinee, Dominique, Adam, Taylor (Katie), Sierra, Leon, Meghan, Maddee, Arcelia, Moises, Gracin, Ryder, Emmylou, Samuel, Callie Bosch and Dillon Hawkins; great-grandson, Antonio; his sisters, Tami Morgan, Kelly Corff, Serena Nielson, Sherry Nielson, Diana Giron, Becky Farmer, Barb (Kurt) Slovernick and Peggy Giron; brother, Silas “Shorty” (Tanya) Giron; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harlan loved his family very much and bragged about them every chance he got. He was inevitably the first to welcome new members into the fold. He never differentiated between blood, in-laws, or lifelong family friends — everyone was his family. He will be missed by all.

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