Herluf NIELSEN

NIELSEN Herluf Egon Herluf Egon Neilsen passed away on November 9, 2008 at the age of 67 years. Herluf was born in Innisfail on April 25, 1941. He was the oldest of three children, born to Danish immigrants, Meta and Viggo. Herluf grew up in Spruce View and began farming at a very young age in partnership with his dad and brother, Mogens. He had a great love and respect for the land; he retired from active farming in 2000. Flying was Herluf's first passion. His interest in flying came at an early age watching Harvard trainers flying overhead in the late 1940's. He obtained his pilot’s license in 1961 and became one of the founding members of the Innisfail Flying Club. He always maintained that he would remain a bachelor, but that changed when he met the love of his life, Alice, in 1974 and was married in June, 1975. His new co-pilot in life shared his same love for flying. Herluf loved children and he was an active member of the Young Eagles program, giving first flights to Grade 6 students. Herluf was also an active member in the Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA). Over the years he logged more than 3000 flight hours. Also very active in the Spruce View/Dickson community, he served on the Bethany Lutheran Church Council, Dickson Drainage Board, Spruce View Co-op Association, and most recently Gleniffer Lake Shorelands Committee. He will be lovingly remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his witty sense of humor and his ability to see the best in others. Herluf will be deeply missed by his wife, Alice of Spruce View; son, Kevin and daughter-in-law, Nicole of Calgary; daughter, Kristine of Edmonton and fiancé, Joseph Amundrud of Meadow Lake, SK; brother, Mogens Nielsen and sister-in-law, Irene Morck of Falkland, BC; sister, Alice and brother-in-law, Hans Andersen and their family of Rosebud; as well as his Aunt Helga Kure of Spruce View. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family throughout North America and Denmark along with the community, Innisfail Flying Club and CASARA volunteers. Funeral and internment service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson, AB on Friday November 14, 2008 at 2 p.m. with coffee and snacks served at the Spruce View Community Hall afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bethany Lutheran Church, CASARA Alberta (73 Lanterman Close Red Deer T4R 3N3), and the Danish Canadian National Museum Society of Dickson. Condolences to the family may be forwarded from www.mem.com. Arrangements entrusted to METCALF FUNERAL CHAPEL 4200 49th Ave., Innisfail. Proudly serving our community for over 45 years.