George William Neilsen (1921-2015) passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on August 30, 2015 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife of almost 71 years, Yvonne, his daughter Joan (Rick), sons Timothy and Philip (Sharon), granddaughters, Sharlene, Rebecca (Darren) and Christine (Bob), grandsons, Nigel (Sandy), Scott and Zander. He is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, boys Blake, Kyle and Dexter, and girls Kara, Skylar and Isabelle, as well as a large extended family. Aside from his parents, George was predeceased by his sisters, Alvina, Ruth and Evelyn, and his brothers, Carl and Nels, as well as 3 nephews and many friends.
George was born on October 19, 1921 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, son of Neils Jacob Neilsen and Metha Marie Andreasen Neilsen, and completed his schooling there. After a short stint in the army, he went to Bible School, spent some time in evangelistic work, and finally, after marrying Yvonne in 1944, went to India as a missionary in 1946. George and Yvonne returned to Canada after spending 23 years as missionaries in India, and took pastorates in Fruitvale, BC, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, High River, Alberta and Burnaby, BC, before finally retiring to Kelowna to spend some quieter years. Even throughout retirement George was often known to take speaking engagements in various churches and seniors’ homes.
A private family interment will take place immediately, followed by a memorial service to be announced at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, can be made to either the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of India, c/o ACOP Canada, 2340 Pegasus Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M5, or to the Canadian Bible Society, 8749 53 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5E9.
Online condolences may be sent through George’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com