As a young man, he served in the King’s Guard in Denmark for two years, actually guarding the King and his castle. He came to the United States in 1954 to work at his uncle’s greenhouse on Center Road in Avon. He worked at B.F. Goodrich in Avon Lake, retiring in 1994 after 33 years of service. In 1966, he started Pine Haven Greenhouse in Avon. He ran the greenhouse until his sons took over the management of the family business in 1994. He was an active member of Avon Baptist Church, volunteering as a deacon. He loved going to church and was an ordained minister. To honor Niels’ memory, he would have loved for everyone to attend church on Sunday. He served on Avon’s City Council in the 1990s. He enjoyed watching sports with his sons and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sally Ann (nee Loebich) Jensen; children, Belinda (Michael) Devine, Bryan (Kim), Bruce (Charlene), Becky Jensen, and Bridget (Aaron) Corriveau, all of Avon; grandchildren, Amy, Matt (Michelle), Tim, Brittney (Joe), Brett, Chris, Cassie, Bethany, Caden, Drake, Ella; great-grandchildren, Stephen, Madalyn, Mason, Brooklin, and Brynn; sisters, Gerda, and Rita, of Lemvig, Denmark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marinus and Margarthe (nee Jensen); a four year old brother, Ville; and another brother, also named Ville; and his wife’s parents, Ralph and Margaret (nee Duffy) Loebich.
Family will receive friends at a memorial visitation Thursday, Febraury 27, 2014, from 4 P.M., until time of parlor service at 7 P.M., at Misencik Funeral Home, 36363 Detroit Rd., Avon, where Pastor Paul Hendrix, of Avon Baptist Church, will officiate. Private interment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Avon Baptist Church, 2575 Stoney Ridge Rd. Avon OH 44011.