Richard Dwight Nielsen

Graveside funeral services for Dwight Nielsen, 51-year-old former Buffalo resident who passed away Nov. 5 in Rancho Cucamunga, California, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, in Willow Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Neil Nielsen officiating. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Ontario, 918 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, California. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Dwight Nielsen was born April 29, 1967, to Richard and Judy (Smith) Nielsen, in Buffalo where he also grew up. After he graduated high school in Buffalo in 1985, he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, to work in the construction industry for Rapid Construction.

Dwight was a hardworking man who expected everyone else to be as well and wouldn’t accept anything less. When he moved to California in 1996, he worked for Bill Decker at Vance Corporation, doing road construction as a foreman. Familiar job sites include the Ontario Mills and Day Creek Blvd. Dwight later went on to work for Jimco Construction, rerailing train derailments. He loved working and getting his family involved, teaching them invaluable life skills.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Judy Nielsen: brother, Donnie Nielsen and wife Penny of Casper; sister, Eileen Lopez and Tony Nelson of Sheridan; and brother, Neil Nielsen and wife Michelle of Rapid City, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by one brother, Irvin Nielsen.