Donald Neilson, 81, Of Hyde Park

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Donald Neilson, 81, of Hyde Park, died Oct. 17.

He was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Poughkeepsie, to the late John and Harriett Neilson.

Neilson graduated from Arlington High School and worked at Conklin Instruments in Poughkeepsie for 20 years, retiring in the year 2000. He was an electrical engineer most of his life and was an R/C enthusiast and scale model builder, having built many R/C airplanes, boats, and taking tremendous pride in doing so.

Survivors include his children, Brian Keith Neilson (Judy), Donna Lynn Knapp, Karen Leigh Runza (Jimmy) and Linda Ann Hamill; grandchildren, Nicholas, Rebecca, Jessica, Patrick, Cristina, Ashley and Emily; and great-grandchild, Bo Jackson.

He was predeceased by his grandmother; Violet Stout.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday with a funeral service beginning at noon at the Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc., 39 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. Burial will follow in the family plot in LaGrange Rural Cemetery.

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