Lake View, Iowa - On December 16th, 17-year-old Ethan Nissen died from injuries sustained in a tragic skid loader accident in Sac County.
"My initial reaction to that was disbelief. It can't be. He's just 17 years old and you don't expect a junior in high school to leave this world this early," says Pastor Don Pobanz.
"I received a phone call and that is something I don't think I'll ever forget," Eric McCollough, Nissen's football coach and adviser.
East Sac County High School held a funeral service Friday morning on behalf of Nissen and his family.
"He was just an incredible type of kid, always had a smile on his face, but he worked hard; from when he was in 7th grade, 8th grade coming to our football camps, he just worked hard. He had an incredible athletic ability. He even fought through some injuries that most kids might have hung up their cleats for," says McCollough.
"He was a good kid. He paid attention, he learned, he was a good athlete. For sure this affects not just his family and his extended family but the whole community," says Pobanz.
Born September 1st, 2000 Nissen was known as an exceptional athlete, a dedicated hunter and farmer, and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. He loved and cherished the relationships he had with his friends and family.
"Ethan always did the right things. Everybody in school, every kid loved him because he was just one of those type of kids that everybody liked," says Pobanz.
A memorial fun has been set up in Nissen's honor at the Sac City Iowa State Bank.
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