Walter H. Nielsen

Walter H. Nielsen

Walter H. Nielsen

May 31, 1942~June 11, 2024

Walter “Skip” H. Nielsen, 82, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away on June 11th, 2024. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Carol (DeKoning) of Trinity, Florida, a son Bill (Marie) Nielsen, a daughter Elizabeth (Fred) Leeseberg, a sister Dianna (Joe) Busch and granddaughter, Kylie.

Born in The Bronx, New York, Skip was a devout Catholic all of his life. He was active on his high school swim and Lacrosse teams and met his wife when they were just 16 years old.

He was a volunteer firefighter in Uniondale, New York as well as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 138.

After graduating high school, Skip enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Radarman on the USS Shadwell (LSD-15) and was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuban Crisis). Skip was honorably discharged in 1967.

Skip developed a passion for the game of golf while working as a Food & Beverage Manager at the former Colonie Hill Golf Club in Hauppauge, Long Island.

He moved to Florida with his wife and children in 1973 where he and Carol operated and managed Golf Courses, including; Nine Eagles in Odessa, Ironwood in Hudson and Silver Dollar in Odessa. He also worked at Lexington Oaks in Wesley Chapel up until his retirement.

He was a Little League coach for his son in the Dunedin American Little League. Skip also coached his daughter’s soccer team for Our Lady of Lourdes.

Skip was a devoted husband and an amazing father. He was a talented artist and avid wood carver expressing his love of animals, most especially birds of all kinds.

In their later years, he and Carol enjoyed many friendships at Crescent Oaks Golf Club in Tarpon Springs.

Skip is greatly missed by loved ones and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association at



Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home - Seven Springs Chapel


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church


Curlew Hills Memory Gardens


Lynne Varlese

June 15, 2024, 4:45 am

Skip was a very sweet man.
I will miss seeing him walk Jax and feeding the deer. The deer stood out in his backyard today looking for him. So sad they will not see him again.
My prayers go out to his family.
God Bless.

Steve & Betty Gaus

June 16, 2024, 12:57 am

Skip was a very nice man. My wife and I will miss our chats with Skip during his evening walks with Jack. Our condolences to his wife and family you all will be in our prayers.

Joanne and Jim Price and Family

June 16, 2024, 9:57 pm

Jim and I were so very sad to hear from Dolly & Ed Price (Jim’s parents) of Skip’s passing. He was such a wonderful man, and we’ll always have fond memories of our time with him spent at the Crescent Oaks Club for meals, which included more laughter than food, and also seeing him and Carol at church. Skip loved his family, and we were so glad we were able to meet his family, which he was so very proud. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with Carol, Bill, Marie, Elizabeth, Fred and Kylie at this most difficult time, and always! Our hearts are broken along with yours.

Cheri (Leeseberg) & Jim Clowes

June 17, 2024, 2:13 am

Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Mr Walter Nielson. May God’s grace grant you the strength and courage to cope with this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this period of grief. May the Lord bless and keep you, and may His countenance shine upon you.

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