Delbert Lamar “Duffy” Nielsen, 89, passed away December 27, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona with his family by his side. He was born November 13, 1925 in St. Johns, Arizona. He was the 14th child of Fred and Mary (Holgate) Nielsen. As a child he never visualized his life other than being on the ranch. Duffy proudly served his country when World War II broke out. He enlisted in the Coast Guard which was under the direction of the US Navy in 1943. He was honorably discharged on November 21, 1945 at the end of the war. He joined the Naval Reserve from June 1947 through April 1955. Duffy met and married Mary Josephine Lindsey on October 25, 1946. After Mary Jo passed away in February 1983 he retired from the Mesa Police Department after 25 years of service. He then met and married Louise R. Adams, October 21, 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Louise R. Nielsen, his sister, Christeen Hall, daughters, Sandra Shaffer (Jim), Jacque Long (Jerry), and son, Del Nielsen Jr (Irene), 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm, Friday at Bunkers University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday at the Mesa South Stake Center, 2334 E Pueblo Ave., Mesa. Burial will follow at the City of Mesa Cemetery, Brown Rd. and Center.