Richard Francis Nilson was called to be with our Lord and Savior on June 9, 2017.

Richards family were immigrants from Sweden and Richard was born May 8, 1945, in Seattle, Washington. He lived life in Las Vegas beginning in 1966 and then Ely, Nevada beginning in 1995 after falling in love with the town while traveling.

Richard and his identical twin (6 minutes his junior) Thomas, joined the US Navy on their 17th birthday and proudly served in the Navy “Fighting Seabees“, from which they were honorably discharged as Petty Officer 3rd class on the same day in 1968.

Richard was a retired master mechanic, having worked at the Nevada Test Site and retired from the Operating Engineers Union.

He was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. Rick was a humble and gentle man who was a talented carpenter and enjoyed wood working to create beautiful furniture. He was full of love and adored by friends and family and will now be our guardian angel.

Waiting in Heaven for him were his parents, Linder and Teresa “Pete” Nilson; and sisters Linda Johnson & Theresa Nilson.

He is survived by his amazing wife of 37 years, Lorraine Nilson, and 4 daughters; Bambi, Vicki, Brandi & Angie; along with 8 beautiful grandchildren, and 4 perfect great-grandchildren.

Richard will also be missed by his brothers, Thomas Nilson, Greg Nilson and sister Catherine Kniveton, along with nieces and nephews and a very special furbaby, Tommy.

Services wil be at Veteran’s Cemetery in Boulder City on Jul 6, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.