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Carl D. Nilles

October 23, 1941 - March 01, 2021

Funeral Service - Sunday

March 07, 2021
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Sunday

March 07, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Burial - Sunday

March 07, 2021

St. Leo's Catholic Cemetery, Casselton, North Dakota


Boulger Funeral Home

Carl D. Nilles

October 23, 1941 - March 01, 2021


Carl Nilles, formerly of Fessenden, ND, passed away in the early morning hours on March 1st, 2021 at the Sanford Long Term Care Center in Hillsboro, ND. He moved to Hillsboro, ND to be closer to family following an illness in July of 2020.

Carl was born in Fargo, ND to Frank and Johanna (Fuhrman) Nilles on Oct 23rd, 1941. The 7th of 10 children, he grew up on the family farm 5 miles south of Casselton, ND. Carl attended school in Everest Township and then in Casselton when the 1 room schoolhouse closed, graduating in 1959. He went on to follow his older brother, Harold, majoring in Pharmacy at NDSU. He was a practicing Pharmacist for most of his adult life holding a Pharmacy license for 53 years. He served both the Carrington and then Fessenden communities. In 1963 he married Diantha Zurn with whom he had 3 children, Daniel, Matthew, and Andrew. They divorced in 1980. He married Hazel Schimelfenig in 1982, they divorced in in 2004. Carl married Nancy Wright in 2010. She passed away in 2014.

Carl is survived by his children, Daniel (Rhonda) Nilles of Hillsboro, ND, their children, Rhyen, Nichole, Michael, and Andrew. Matthew Nilles of Grand Forks, ND, his children, Alexandra and Johanna. And Andrew (Sandra) Nilles of Forsyth, IL, and their children Isabella, Katherine, Alexis and Sebastian. His brothers and sisters, Audrey (Leroy) Dauner, Hawley, MN. James (Joyce) Nilles, Faulkton, SD. Rosemary Trom, Gilbert, IA. Donald (Mary Ellen) Nilles, Casselton, ND. Mary Ann (Edwin) Cooke, Fargo, ND. David (Jennell) Nilles, Fargo ND, and Debbie (Scott) Smith, Shawnee Mission, KS. And many nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his parents Frank and Johanna and 2 brothers, Paul and Harold.

Carl had many interests over the years, he had been an active member of the ND Jaycees and had served as a scout leader. He loved league bowling, where his highest scoring game was a 297, just 3 pins from a perfect game, hunting when he was younger, gardening, canning, bird-watching and had dabbled in woodworking.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM at Boulger Funeral home in Fargo on Sunday March 7th, 2021, with burial to follow at St. Leo’s Cemetery in Casselton.

We ask that all attendees wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Red River Valley would be appreciated.


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9 responses to “Carl D. Nilles”

  1. Ted and Linda Nilles, West Fargo says:

    We are very sorry for your loss and pray for all of you.

  2. Peggy Zink says:

    So sorry to hear about Carl! I Worked at the drug store in Carrington where he was pharmacist. My Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  3. David B. Nilles says:

    Carl will be missed by all of us.

  4. larry pietsch says:

    I went to school CARL in Everest and later in Casselton he was a little older than me. but new the family well he will be missed by all. larry

  5. larry pietsch says:

    I new from school in Everest as well the rest of the family I am so sorry for every one’s loss. Larry

  6. Jenell Nilles says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He will definitely be missed. Sending prayers for peace.

  7. Robert Marlow says:

    Sorry to hear! Carl was a great guy and he cared deeply for my mom, Nancy. May he Rest In Peace and hope they are smiling together once again. Thoughts to the family!

  8. Jessica Harter says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I know he will be deeply missed.

  9. Marissa Langlie says:

    Sending love to you, May the happy memories of him stay alive in your heart. My Condolences.

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