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Dewey Marshall Nielsen

Jun 5, 2021

July 13, 1946 – Dec. 19th, 2020

Dewey Marshall Niel-

sen age 74 of Oxford, Iowa

passed away peacefully

on December 19th, 2020

from a combination of

COVID and agent orange

(exposed during his time

in military service) at

UIHC in Iowa City, Iowa.

Dewey was born on July

13, 1946 to Wanda

(Marshall) and Milton

Nielsen in Rugby, ND. He

graduated from Rugby

High School and the

University of North Dako-

ta. He spent 4 years in the

USAF and was stationed

in Vietnam, Thailand and

Pakistan. Dewey married

the love of his life Darlene

(Ill) on June 10, 1972 in

St. Thomas, ND.

Dewey worked with his

father and brother in the

family business, Rugby

Creamery, until it was

sold in 1978. After which

he spent 8 years working

for the Boy Scouts of

America in Charles City,

Iowa, Sedalia, Missouri

and Seward, Nebraska. In

1986, Dewey found his

true calling with the pur-

chase of Sleepy Hollow

Campground. He enjoyed

meeting and visiting with

all the campers and those

from the community who

would walk through his

doors. He always had a

project going and worked

tirelessly to create

memories for those who


Dewey was a collector,

Match Box cars,

Hotwheels, rocks, bould-

ers, Coca Cola, etc. He

loved bird watching,

flowers, trees and any-

thing to do with landscap-

ing. He was an Eagle

Scout and helped many

young boys achieve their

Eagle Scout awards.

Dewey is survived by

his wife of 48 years, Dar-

lene; his son, Anthony

(Erin) Nielsen of Chicago,

IL; his daughter, Kayla

(Bryan) Nehring of

Marion, IA; and three

wonderful grandchildren,

Kaiden Nielsen, Hadley

Nielsen and Kharl Nehr-

ing; his twin brother, Al

(Bev) Nielsen, Horace,

ND; sister, Nancy (Lau-

rance) Heger, Underwood,

ND; brothers-in-law, Jim

Meehan of Chazy, NY and

Carlton (Judy) Ill of Ca-

valier, ND; sister-in-law,

Marian Reinert of Milling-

ton, MI and extended fam-

ily and friends. He was

preceded in death by his

daughter, Alyssa; parents,

sister, Ann Meehan;

sisters-in-law, Mary Ann

Gangelhoff and Doris

Henry Rustan; and

brother-in-law, Charles Ill.

Services celebrating

Dewey’s life will be held

at 11am Saturday, June

12. 2021 at Christ The

King Lutheran Church in

Iowa City, with a time of

food and fellowship to fol-

low at the Sleepy Hollow

Campground near Oxford.

(please register at the of-

fice upon arrival) Grave-

side services with mili-

tary honors will be held

at 1pm Monday June

14th. at the Persilla Watts

Cemetery in Rugby, ND.

To share a thought,

memory or condolence

with his family please

visit the funeral home

website @


and Niewoehner Funeral

Home – Rugby at


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