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Karl Joseph Nielson

April 9, 1935 - June 10, 2013

Karl Joseph Nielson was born in 1935 to Elmer C. and Gladys Nielson in Elwood, Utah, the youngest son of 7 children. He attended Ogden City Schools, and was always proud to say he had lived in Ogden most of his life. Karl served in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

Karl referred to anyone who moved here from another state as “foreigners”. In 1975 he married one of those “foreigners”, Debbie, his wife of 38 years.

Karl worked in the rain gutter and siding business for many years and in 1976 started his own rain gutter business and later Rainbow Aluminum Distributors, which grew to 5 locations in Utah and Idaho. Karl and Debbie worked together for 23 years and when the business was sold in 1999 they began their retirement. Karl was well respected in the home improvement business community and many of his business associates, employees, and customers remain life-long friends.

His love of bird hunting took him to Idaho, South Dakota and Argentina. He was proud of his dogs and seeing them enjoy the hunt as much as he did. He was like a kid at Christmas preparing for those trips and being with his hunting pals. Although he loved his hometown of Ogden, Karl and Debbie spent time at Star Valley WY and traveled to many places around the globe, including most recently New Zealand and Germany.

Karl’s tomatoes are sought after among family and friends as he always had a huge garden with plants he started from seed. He enjoyed his regular golf outings and pool competitions with his buddies at the club and was known for his harassment tactics.

He is survived by his wife Debbie, daughter Amy of New York, NY, sons Brad of Twin Falls, ID and Tracy of Ogden UT, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren Savannah and Aidan who were the apple of his eye; also, sisters Peggy Barker of Ogden, and Jolene (Charley) Jones of Roy. He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Diane, his parents and brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street. A visitation will be held at same location on Friday June 14th from 6-8 p.m. and from 9:45-10:45 prior to services. Interment: Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Girl Scouts of Utah, 445 East 4500 South, Ste. 125, Salt Lake City UT 84107,

The world will not be the same without his laugh…..



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Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: April 9, 1935
Died: June 10, 2013

Condolences for Karl Joseph Nielson

Cody Freston posted on 6/19/13

...And then there was Karl! A wonderful friend, mentor, and comedian! I have always enjoyed my time with Karl and his wonderful family. He taught me a lot of things over the past 16 years I have known him! He was always quick with a joke, and to help in anyway he could. Never has there been a more generous man. You will be missed friend! Who is going to drink the rest of "Karl's Cab?


cheryle posted on 6/19/13

I did not get the pleasure of getting to know Karl but I have known Debbie for a long time through Girl Scouts. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I admire him for the courage and strength he showed in his struggle.


Cary and Richard Fisher posted on 6/19/13

Debbie and family: sincere condolences on the passing of Karl. Richard's and my thoughts are with you.


Lynn Hills posted on 6/19/13

Debbie, Amy and Family, So many good memories of our travels with Karl and Debbie years ago. I will always remember his joyful laugh and good times.


Lee & Robin Rhoades posted on 6/19/13

Karl and Debbie's "family" is way larger than anyone could imagine, thanks for adopting me and my family. We will always be looking for him, and remembering his voice. That laugh, so contagious. His jokes always cause for thought, to ascertain the punch line. We will miss you!


Daren A.C. Carollo posted on 6/19/13

Karl's smile would brighten anyone's day. He will live on in the hearts and memories of the people that knew him. Debbie, Amy, and their entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Canon Caryl Marsh posted on 6/19/13

I am sorry to hear about Karl's death, and my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time are with you, Debbie and all your family. A donation to the Girl Scouts in Karl's name is being made.


George McIntyre posted on 6/19/13

Debbie, so sorry to hear of Karl's passing. I'm so glad I thought to call him and was able to let him know what a good friend he was to me and how often I thought of him. Hard to believe you were married 38 years. Where has the time gone? I still remember you and Karl anxiously waiting and hoping for that first phone call when you started the rain gutter business out of that old rental home. I tried, unsuccessfully, to phone you a number of times so I'll leave my thoughts here. Love from all of us, George and Brenda