Harold Nilsen died May 14, 2007, in Crescent City.

He was born April 4, 1918 to Hilmar and Anna Nilsen in Langlois, Ore.

He moved to Smith River during the 1930s and attended Rowdy Creek School and worked on dairy farms.

He graduated from Del Norte High School, attended one year of vocational high school to learn typing and bookkeeping, then worked in the Oakland area before enlisting in the U.S. Army.

Most of his service years were spent at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, where he trained as a medic and dental technician.

He married Loraine Benson in January 1946. The couple lived mostly in Smith River and Crescent City, raising their family there.

He ran Nilsen Dental Laboratories for 35 years in Del Norte County before selling the business and retiring in 1984.

He was cheerful, compassionate and loving, and it was impossible not to feel his great optimism, love for life and appreciation of people. He learned his compassion following a near-fatal bicycle accident in which he sustained hearing loss.

He is survived by his children, Susan (Robert) Walsh, Willow Creek; Harold Kim, Crescent City, Bryan, Provo, Utah; and Craig (Lori), Longmont, Colo.

He is also survived by nephews Jack (Edie) Squires, Napa; Carter (Connie) Squires, Pleasanton; and Frank (Donna) Davis, Las Vegas, Nev.; his niece, Emilie O'Neil; seven grandchildren and relatives in Norway.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 10th and A Streets, Crescent City.

He will be buried next to his wife at Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.