In loving memory of Walter C. Nielson III, who departed from this world on Thursday, November 30th, 2023, in Grand Junction, CO. Walter's presence was a beacon of love and dedication, leaving behind a profound legacy that will be cherished by those who knew him.
Walter is survived by his beloved family: his son Tyler Nielson, daughter Ciara Nielson, son Nathan Nielson, daughter-in-law Genesee Young, son-in-law Brett Payton, and grandson Maddox Nielson. His memory is further embraced by his seven siblings: sister Carole Card, sister Julie Wilson, brother Bill Fritzel, brother Jon Fritzel, brother Doug Nielson, sister Brandy Berry, and sister BreAnne Cline. Additionally, he is fondly remembered by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Born on January 26th, 1972, in Kemmerer, Wyoming, Walter and his family moved to Grand Junction in 1980, where he continued his K-12 education at Chatfield Elementary, Mount Garfield Middle School, and Central High School. Fondly reminiscing about his childhood years, Walter cherished the summers spent with his siblings and parents on the Uncompahgre and the Grand Mesa, creating memories that would endure throughout his lifetime.
As the proud owner of Nielson Hardwoods, Walter's unwavering dedication and masterful craftsmanship have forever shaped the Grand Junction community for over two decades. His unparalleled expertise touched everything from the cozy interiors of family residences to numerous gymnasiums across the Grand Valley. The daily joy and profound pride he experienced while working alongside his sons, Tyler and Nathan, were evident in the quality of their work. Walter's legacy will endure through the ongoing success of the company, the relationships he built with clients, and the countless jobs he completed with precision and care.
Walter's passion for life found expression in a diverse array of activities – from the tranquility of fly fishing, the thrill of camping, ATVing, and exploring the world in various motor vehicles. His culinary talent, love for antiques, passion for travel, and enjoyment of concerts were all facets of a life well-lived. Walter’s legendary green chili was a testament to his love for creating and sharing joy. He found delight in bringing smiles and laughter to strangers, hosting unforgettable parties at his home, and generously providing well-cooked food and good times for all.
Walter's warmth and generosity knew no bounds, selflessly giving back to numerous individuals within the community. In celebrating Walter's remarkable life, we pay homage to a man, father, entrepreneur, and friend whose enduring spirit will forever reside in the hearts of those he loved and inspired. We will miss him forever. May he rest in peace.
A funeral service to celebrate Walter's life will be held on Monday, December 11th, at 10:00 am at Canyon View Vineyard Church, followed by a reception at the Warehouse 25Sixty-Five.
Canyon View Vineyard: 736 24 Rd Grand Junction, CO 81505
Warehouse 25Sixty-Five: 2565 American Way Grand Junction, CO 81501