Edward B. Nielsen of North Ogden was honored for his 80th birthday with a three-day surprise party at the home of his son Tony Nielsen in Rigby, Idaho. He celebrated with his family and says he had the time of his life.
His children and their spouses are Eddie and Debra Nielsen, Randy and Janice Nielsen, Kathryn and Dennis Thyfault, Tony and Carol Nielsen, and Sherry and Mike Wardell. He has 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren (two boys deceased).
He married Dixielee Bailey on July 15, 1952, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho Falls Temple.
He was born on July 21, 1933, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Anne Godnick and Burt Nielsen. He has four brothers and one sister. He graduated from Twin Falls Business College with certification in accounting, bookkeeping and general office practices. He worked for Pacific Fruit and Produce, at First Security Bank, Thiokol Chemical Plant, manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken, manager of the first KFC in Pendleton, Ore., owner of Arctic Circle there, and became a deputy sheriff for Umatilla County Pendleton Ore. He certified at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Ore., in political science, attended Oregon police academy, crime prevention school in Monmouth, Ore., received marine law enforcement in Oregon and with Oregon State Marine Board, certified in emergency medical technician I and EMT III therapy from Oregon State Board, Portland, Ore.
He enjoys dancing, pool, racquetball, baseball, golf, hunting, fishing and people. He is an active member of the LDS Church.