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June 29, 2021


John Riel Nielsen

February 06, 1937 - June 28, 2021

Who give this food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth forever. Psalm 136:25

John Riel Nielsen, born February 6, 1937, left for his Heavenly home on June 28, 2021 at age 84.

He was born and raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and grew up in the Terrace community.

He is survived by his three children John “Joel” Ellis, Borde Nielsen, and Julia (Walter) Gibbs, his three grandchildren Brittany (Justin) Nielsen Ladner, Myra and Noah Gibbs, one great grandchild Darci Ladner, his sister Betty (Edward) Catha and by many nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John P. Nielsen and Louise Middleton, his brother William “Billy Wayne” (Anne Marie) Nielsen, and his brothers in law Jerry and Bruce Adams.

John Nielsen was known as Pawpaw by his grandchildren, the sweetest daddy by his children, a loving brother by his siblings, and Uncle Buh by his nephews and nieces.

John Nielsen was an avid outdoorsman who loved his children and his dogs the most. He owned and operated Nielsen’s Swamp Tours for many years. He was known for his cooking and his jokes. Laughter until tears was one of his many trademarks. He served his country in the Army branch of the military.

John’s celebration of life will be held Friday, July 2, 2021 from 9:30 A.M. until time of the service at 11:00 A.M. at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home with Masonic Rights being performed by Masonic Lodge #336 and Rev. Eric Catha officiating the service.

Interment to follow after the service at Ponemah Cemetery, military graveside rights by Magic City American Legion Post #24.

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