William "Bill" Donald Nilsson

February 21, 1934June 8, 2018
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William (Bill) Donald Nilsson went to his heavenly home on June 8, 2018 after a brief illness at the age of 84 years old. His strength was his love and devotion for family and his firm belief and faith in God. His was born to William Andrew Nilsson and Lydia Frels on February 21st 1934 in Yoakum, Texas. He worked on his parents’ farm until he enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating from High School. Bill was a Korean and Vietnam veteran. He served his country proudly, with honors receiving several medals and citations during his military career, which spanned over 30 years. He was a free mason and a member of the Burkburnett, Texas Masonic Lodge 1027 since 1969. Bill married Mary Ann (Bass) Nilsson on January 19th 1957. They celebrated 61 years of a wonderful marriage and were blessed with two boys “Will and Les”. Bill was of great stature and of even a greater heart. He possessed a gentle, kind and patient heart full of compassion and love, for he was a benevolent soul. He enjoyed mentoring others within his circle of influence and those that were close friends. One of Bill’s fondest hobbies was woodworking. He also incorporated this passion into the children’s bible school projects. He would craft wooden wishing wells, birdhouses, games, etc. and gift them to the children, friends and family. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Bass) Nilsson, his son Leslie, daughter-in-law Paula, grand-daughter Christina Gillis, her husband Manuel Deaquino and great-grandson, Evan; his son William and daughter-in-law Marta; his younger brother Weldon and sister-in-law Barbara. Family, friends, and others whose lives Bill touched are invited to the Gipson Funeral Home located at 1515 S. Chestnut Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901. Viewing will be on Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. The Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, June 16th at 2 p.m. conducted by Brother Larry Byrd, Pastor Neuville Baptist Church. The interment will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78209 (tel: 210-820-3891). Flowers may be sent to Gipson Funeral Home. John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” “Believest thou this?”


  • Mary Ann (Bass) Nilsson, Wife
  • Leslie and Paula Nilsson, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • William and Marta Nilsson, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Weldon and Barbara Nilson, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Christina and Manuel Deaquino, Granddaughter and Husband
  • Evan Deaquino, Great-grandson
  • Mr. Nilsson was preceded in death by his parents, Lydia (Frels) and William Andrew Nilsson.


  • Viewing Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

William "Bill" Donald Nilsson

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Stanley Bruce

June 15, 2018

When our son Ryan was a young teenager, I would speak to Bill on the phone and he would request that he speak with Ryan and tell me to say "the sheriff needed to speak with him". I'm not sure what the "sheriff" said but I expect it had something to do with girls. The "sheriff had an positive impact on many a young person. But now, the sheriff has hung up his badge and turned out the lights. We will miss you Bill,
Bruce, Chris and Ryan

Scott Miller

June 12, 2018

Words can not describe what a great man William Nilsson was to me. Bill was not only my 1st real boss in the US Air Force, he was also my friend. After coming to work for Bill, he and Mary Ann always treated me like one of their own sons. My wife and I were truly blessed as we were finally able to come and visit back in March. Bill you will be surely missed by everyone who knew you, especially me. Enjoy your eternal rest.

Scott & Diane Miller