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In Memory of

Walter Nilsen

July 21, 1933 - July 29, 2017

Obituary


Walter Nilsen, 84 of Plano, Texas passed away on July 29, 2017. Walter was born on July 21, 1933 in New York City, New York to Nils and Aagot Nilsen. Walt attended the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music. Walt had a beloved singing voice. In his youth its power and beauty could have rivaled Pavarotti. Even as he got older he was still able to share this gift with friends and church, and it was a blessing for all those around him.
Walt was retired from the Collin...

Walter Nilsen, 84 of Plano, Texas passed away on July 29, 2017. Walter was born on July 21, 1933 in New York City, New York to Nils and Aagot Nilsen. Walt attended the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music. Walt had a beloved singing voice. In his youth its power and beauty could have rivaled Pavarotti. Even as he got older he was still able to share this gift with friends and church, and it was a blessing for all those around him.
Walt was retired from the Collin County Community College District where he was the Director of Facilities, Plant and Construction. He oversaw construction of multiple Collin County Community College campuses. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1963-1971.
Walt was proud to be Norwegian. His parents immigrated from Norway in the 1920's, part of the great wave that came through Ellis Island during that period of our countries history. Everyone he met got to hear his love for his heritage.
Walt enjoyed singing, visiting with his Grandchildren, Traveling, Gaming, and the Horses. His wife, Rebecca was everything to him. His love for his family, his children and grandchildren was limitless. They brought him great joy and each one will miss him in their own way.
Walt is survived by his wife, Rebecca; Children, David, Teri Isaacson (Kris), Alicia Holtzhausen (Xavier), Ashley Thompson (Blake); Sister, Edie Peterson (Rick); Grandchildren, Lauren, Tyler and Jennifer Isaacson, Lily and Julia Evans, Taylor and Sophie Heyen, Andre Holtzhausen, Kailey Thompson, Zack Weinman, Mackenzie and Clayton Thompson.
Walt is preceded in death by his parents, Nils and Aagot Nilsen.
A Memorial Service will be held on August 13, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Disciples Christian Church, 2001 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disciples Christian Church Music Program in Walter's name.




Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, TX.