Charlie was an honorable man who served his country during World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served for eight years. During his years in the Navy, he served on the battleship USS Texas, trained as a carpenter, and was a military police officer.
In July 1945, he married Doris Janke and built their home at Lake Garda in Burlington, Conn., where they raised their four children. Charlie worked as a cabinet builder for many years before going to work as a glazier. He was a member of the Glaziers Union in Connecticut for more than 20 years. In 1985, Charlie retired.
Once Doris retired in 1987, they sold the family home to travel. He and Doris spent the next six years traveling the USA in their bus, which had been converted to a motor home. In the early 1990s they purchased a home in Florida and settled in once again. Doris passed away in 2002, after 57 years together.
Charlie was preceded in death by his mother and father, loving wife Doris and oldest son Charles Gary Nielson.
Charlie is survived by his children Karen Everton LaFollette and husband Jerry, Bruce Nielson and his partner Judi Anderson, Diane “Dee” Bordage and husband Art; grandchildren Tamie Everton Fogle and husband Fred, Brian Everton and wife Karena, Charles “Chuck” Nielson and his wife Betty Jo; great-grandchildren Taylor Southworth and her husband Tyler, Brittany Everton and fiancé Jake Keplinger, Ariana and Caitlin Fogle, Austin and Morgan Stratman, Cody and Charles Nielson Jr.; great-great-granddaughter Christianna Southworth; his brothers Willard Nielson and wife Jane, and Kenneth Nielson; and extended family Bonnie and Craig Stratman.
In lieu of flowers or meals, please make a donation to the local Humane Society or National Heart Foundation, if you wish.