Rich Nielsen
  • 55 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 22, 1960
  • Place of birth:
    White Salmon, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 31, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Let the memory of Rich be with us forever

Richard Robert Nielsen “Rich” passed away at this home in Lakewood, Colorado on December 31, 2015.  Rich was born to Martin Fredrick “Fred” and V. Marie Nielsen in White Salmon, WA on February 22, 1960.  He was the youngest of a large combined family.

 Rich loved the outdoors.  He loved skiing and four wheeling on his beloved Rocky Mountains.  He loved rock music and attended many concerts at Red Rocks and other venues.  He was a happy, fun loving, outgoing person with the “gift of gab”.  He loved watching Football, especially the Broncos.  He worked as parking director in downtown Denver and The Pepsi Center. One of his favorite stories was meeting John Elway.  He has many friends in Washington and Colorado.  Most of all he loved his family.

 He is survived by his sons, Tyler (Kendra) Nielsen and Kyle (Lexi) Kunish and their new twin baby girls, Rich’s first grandchildren, all of Aurora, Colorado.  Also surviving are his siblings, Penny (Bill) Murphy of Reno, Pat Schuetz of Lake Havasu, AZ, Beth Hogan (Tom Judd) of Mill A, Bill (Lori) Nielsen of Mill A, Sue Nielsen of Mill A, Sandi (Bill) Russell of Scappoose, OR and his Mother, now 93 years of age, of Mesa, AZ.  As well as many cousins and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by this father Fred and brother Freddy.

 Rich never met a stranger and his shining smile and spirit will be sadly missed by his family and friends. 

Memorial services will be held January 15, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. Calvary Aurora Church 19800 E Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013

Reception following immediately after at 1980 Lansing St. Aurora, CO 80010

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Beth Hogan on 21st August 2016

""I miss Rich every day and I will miss him the rest of my life.  Even the drunken calls late at night.  I have so many memories, a lifetime full.  Rich and I were the black sheep of the family.  We protected and understood each other.  What will I do now?  I will keep him in my heart and do what he wanted for me.  To workout and lose weight so I can live longer.  I think he will root for me from Heaven."    
By Sue Nielsen, who passed away on August 12, 2016.  May she rest in peace with her beloved brother and father."

This tribute was added by Linda kunish on 9th August 2016

"Damn you Rich. Your missing out on so much with your boys and we miss & need you."

This tribute was added by Linda kunish on 3rd June 2016

"Why did you have to leave us so soon? We still need you."

This tribute was added by Linda kunish on 25th April 2016

"The last few months have been so strange without you.  I realized that you were in my life longer than my parents were. Wish you would have stuck around a little longer to see your grandson "Kash" ."

This tribute was added by Tom Judd on 29th January 2016

"I remember when Rich took us on a hike to see Spirit Falls, many years ago.   As we began to descend down toward the river, it quickly became apparent that there was no actual trail, and the slope was extremely steep.  The destination was extremely secluded and we really enjoyed the afternoon there.  I always enjoyed the time together with my brother-in-law. He was a person with a free spirit.  And I will always miss him."

This tribute was added by Pat Schuetz on 22nd January 2016

"Rich, is my baby brother and I will always think of him that way, even thought he outweighed me. I will miss his laugh and the family joke that everyone got the mashed potatoes before passing them to Rich, boy could he eat Mom's potatoes. I remeber one time he and the boys came to Las Vegas for new year and we took him the boys and Mom in the motorhome and parked in one of the casino lots early to get a good spot and then played games until the fireworks started. We had to wake  the boys up since the could not stay awake then went outside and watched the fireworks over the Las Vegas strip, then waited for the traffic to thin out and went home. They could not believe the show that Las Vegas put on. I have a lot of other great memories of time with Rich but that one always sticks with me. Rest in peace little brother."

This tribute was added by Carrie-Nick Downum on 18th January 2016

"Rich, words cannot even begin to describe the amazing friendship you showed me and my family. The concerts, the bbq's, your willingness to drop everything and help me or my family out without reservation. And now as i look back at the 18yrs I had you in my life, I'm reminded by every song, every memory, every crazy thing you and I ever did or situation we found ourselves in, how much you truly meant to me. In a time where all I wanted to do was fight the world you showed me a different way to look at life. And I'm eternally grateful and eternally a better man because of it.  I refuse to say goodbye because to me goodbye means I may never see you again. But I know I will see you again so I will simply say see you later my friend. And I know that when I see you again we can pick up our friendship like we never missed a day. Love you Rich! Rest in peace my friend."

This tribute was added by Linda kunish on 13th January 2016

"Rich and I have been friends for 29yrs. We raised two amazing kids together. He has been there for us through good times and bad. An incredible father that I am forever thankful for. I already feel lost without him. Thank you for  All the smiles you created and all the tears you took away.I love you Rich"

This tribute was added by Sheilah Nelson on 11th January 2016

"no one could rock the mullet like my cousin rich - it has been many years since all of the Mill- A  - White Salmon Nielsen clan got together- our fathers were the tallest guys around - keep all the good memories flowing - Sheilah Nielsen Nelson"

This tribute was added by Beth Hogan on 8th January 2016

"You will always be my little baby brother.  We had the best childhood growing up in White Salmon.  Words cannot express how much I miss you right now.  You were a good man and an excellent father.  God knows you had your struggles in life.  I hope you have found peace.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Jeff Kunish on 7th January 2016

"My brother I miss you already.  We had a lot of laughs and basketball duels. I'm blessed to have had you in my life. Many, many, deep talks. I love ya Rich,  I feel like you left too soon, thank you for taking care of the ones you love. You were good to my beautiful sister and an amazing father to Tyler and Kyle. I will hug them again for you, until we meet again brother. Know I always loved and respected you. Thank you for the gifts you gave me....."

This tribute was added by Kendra Nielsen on 7th January 2016

"There are so many memories I have with Rich. I am his daughter in law Kendra. When I think of Rich one story I always think of is the very first time I went to his house. Tyler and I had maybe been dating a month or so. Rich started playing Meatloafs "paradise by the Dashboard lights". I think he made me listen to that song atleast 15 times. He kept turning it louder and louder. He kept saying "are you listening to the lyrics? You have to listen to them". I will never ever forgot this night. I will never forget his kind heart or his big smile!!! It's so hard to believe he is gone. He was an amazing man and would give anyone the shirt off his back. We love you Rich. And miss you so much!!!!"


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