The Rev. Warren Clayton Nielsen passed into glory on Sunday, July 19. He was born and
raised in Lake Benton, Minn. Pastor Clayton received his Associate's in Arts
degree from Grand View Junior College in 1942 and went on to
obtain his Bachelor's Degree from St. Ola
f College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1944. He later returned and graduated from Grand View Seminary in 1947. Several years after, he completed his postgraduate study at Garrett Theological Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1980.
He married his
Ydun Virginia Jensen in 1947; she passed away in 2006. Together they have
three children, Warren, Lance and Melanie, seven grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren.
Pastor Clayton served many parishes during his career, including Denmark Community Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Bethany Lutheran Church. He served on the executive board of the Nebraska Synod, LCA, the Evangelism Commission, and various other positions with the American Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Nielsen has also led folk dance groups in Denmark, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, and directed folk dances at the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series in Solvang for 20 years.
A memorial service is planned but has not been scheduled at this time.