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Bernard Lester Neilson, age 81, of Oxford, Wisconsin died Monday, May 31, 2010 at the St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Bernard was born November 2, 1928 in Oxford, Wisconsin to Lester and Clara (Stalker) Neilson. He began his working career at age 11, hauling milk for area farms. Bernard worked for Speed Queen Corporation for 43 years, retiring in 1991. He then worked for Elliot Farms and Gary Bula Corporation.

He married Margaret Phillips on January 17, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa. This began a journey of 66 years together.

Bernard pursued his love of horses, by raising, training, and racing, thoroughbred horses. His greatest joy was building special memories for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Clara Neilson.


Wife: Margaret Neilson of Oxford, Wisconsin

Son: Bob (Kathy) Neilson of Baraboo, Wisconsin

Daughter: Sandra (Ted) O'Neill of Oxford, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Curt (Cassie) Evans of Marshfield, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Todd Neilson of Montello, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Jody Neilson of Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Sally Evans of Montello, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Tim O'Neill of Portage, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Kevin (Michele) O'Neill of Columbus, Georgia

Great-Grandchildren: 13

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