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Marvin Nielsen Sr. 01/04/2024

Marvin William Nielsen Sr. of River Falls, WI passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family January 4th, 2024.

He was born the son of Jakob Kristian (Christian) (“JC”) and Clara Kezia Schweitzer on January 10th, 1939 on the family farm in Kinnickinnic Township. Marvin married his high school sweetheart Judy Owens on April 2nd, 1960 at the United Methodist Church in River Falls. Marvin and Judy purchased land in November of 1960 where they dairy farmed, raised beef cattle, pigs, and horses, alongside raising their 3 children. This farm would be known as Skunk Hollow.

Marvin was the self proclaimed Mayor of Skunk Hollow. He nicknamed his wife Sweetie, you would know them as The Mayor and Sweetie. Along with nicknaming their 3 children, you would know them as Spook, Spunk, and Spike. Furthering the ‘S’ nicknames, he nicknamed his 5 granddaughters Skeezicks, Snookers, Squeaker, Sneaker and Squiggles.

Marvin was very active in community affairs. If you didn’t know Marvin from hay wagon rides, threshing bees or from gatherings at Skunk Hollow, you knew him from being the announcer at tractor pulls. Oftentimes rambling nonsense or singing in between pulls, picking on someone and making the crowd chuckle or shake their heads.

Marvin was a social man. Creating conversation with strangers anywhere he would go. He also celebrated his birthday everyday as you all know. He would also wish you a happy birthday, saying something along the lines of “Happy Birthday George!”.

Always seen in his unforgettable bibbies, sitting in the top pocket of those bibbies was many lifesaver mints to share to anyone.

He is survived by his wife Judy Nielsen; children Julie (Wayne) Betlach, Jennie Sue (Todd) Lubich, and Spike (April) Nielsen: 5 grandchildren: Kimberly Olander Linnell, Courtney (Logan) Nielsen, Dani Jo Durand, Jayla (Shane) Durand, and Clara Nielsen. 4 great grandchildren; Rosie, Barrett, Lillie, and Dallas Jo. His siblings: Shirley (Dick) Tresselt, Sheila Francis, Melvin (Geraldine) Nielsen, Malcom (Barb) Nielsen and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jakob Kristian and Clara Kezia Schweitzer. His brother Merle Nielsen and sister in law Maxine Nielsen.

Survived by all the children and grandchildren he took in, and all those he had called Suzie or George.

The Nielsen family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice, the RFFD, and everyone else for the help & services provided.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday May 11th, 2024 at Skunk Hollow (W7502 740th Ave, River Falls, WI 54022) starting at 1:00pm. Come one, come all with stories to share.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Lori Colburn Posted January 6, 2024 6:09 am

    I’m so sorry to hear Pa passed away. My sincere condolences to Ma and the family.

  • Laurie Hansen Posted January 6, 2024 8:04 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Marvin‘s passing. Norman and Natalie Kusilek and family all send our condolences.

  • Laurie Deiss Wilson Posted January 6, 2024 11:15 am

    I am so very saddened to hear this news. I have so many great memories of him. Prayers and hugs sent to His family. ❤️🙏🏼

  • Jeanne Aamodt Posted January 6, 2024 1:28 pm

    Geraldine and family so very sorry for the news of Marvin’s passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you , praying that the wonderful memories will bring you comfort and love!

  • Mary & Edy Velarde Posted January 6, 2024 8:35 pm

    We are deeply saddened to hear Marvin passed. We have many memories of times spent together. Our sincerest condolences to all the family.

  • Carole Brahm Posted January 7, 2024 2:23 pm

    Always fun to be around Marv. Could make everyone laugh. When i lost my husband Judy and Marv came to be with me and take me out for supper. Spent the nite and we had a great time. He will be truly missed. Will keep the Nielsen family in my prayers. God Bless.

  • Pat and Chuck Meyer Posted January 8, 2024 10:40 am

    So sorry to hear about Marvin. Our sympathy and prayers to your whole family

  • Ron and Jeanette Gutting Posted January 8, 2024 5:03 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Marvin . Great memories of him . Our sympathies

  • Deanna (Johnson) Gilbert Posted January 8, 2024 6:24 pm

    Sending my sympathy with prayer for all as you heal from your loss. Marvin was always so kind with great conversation. Share great stories with one another to guide you through your grief . God Bless

  • John W Stapleton Posted January 9, 2024 9:40 pm

    What a nice guy

  • Wendy Wall Posted January 10, 2024 9:19 pm

    Gersldine, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the love that surrounds you be a great comfort to you.

  • Mark Hilden Posted January 13, 2024 8:31 am

    Sorry for your loss. Marvin was one guy that I was glade who got to know my children. He will be missed

  • Lyle Young and Jean young Posted January 14, 2024 11:18 am

    Sad to hear . It was a pleasure to know Marvin, with all his knowledge, advice and joking manner that we will remember him by.

  • Henri Jansa Posted January 14, 2024 10:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss Jennie Sue and April and all your families!

  • Chuck Howard Posted February 15, 2024 7:51 pm

    I spent many fine days with Marvin. He would point at something and say “I bet you can’t drive over that” and away we would go. I will miss him greatly.

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