Raymond Nelson, 85 - December 27, 2013Raymond “Ray” Earl Nelson, 85, of Gothenburg died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Cozad.
Services took place at the First Baptist Church on Monday, Dec. 30, with the Rev. Bill Ivey officiating. Interment was conducted at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Nelson was born June 14, 1928, at Arnold, the son of Raymond E. and Helen (Simpson). He grew up west of Arnold on a family farm in a sod house and attended country schools near Arnold.
He worked for several farmers in the Arnold area and followed the wheat harvest for a while spending two years in Colorado with a demolition crew.
Nelson was inducted into the Army in 1951 where he was a demolition specialist. During his service, a short fuse went off, he dove under a big truck and the driver accidentally drove over his head, according to family members. He was discharged from the service and received the Purple Heart.
On Feb. 23, 1952, he married Doris Williams at the Nazarene Church in Salina, KS. To this union, two sons were born.
He was employed with the Ford Garage at Gothenburg as a mechanic before starting his own business with his uncle, Frances Schloatman, and later his own mechanic shop. Before his retirement in the mid 1990s he worked as a car salesman at the Ford Garage and Simon Motors.
Nelson enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, family said. He and his wife also enjoyed spending seven winters at Mission, TX.
He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post No. 0064 and the First Baptist Church.
Nelson was preceded in death by: his parents, Raymond E. and Helen Nelson; a brother-in-law, Fred Williams; his father- and mother-in-law, Earl and Helen Williams.
Survivors include: his wife, Doris Nelson of Gothenburg; his two sons—Dick (Jody) Nelson of Gothenburg and Steve (Rebecca) Nelson of Edmond, OK; three grandsons—Nathan Nelson and Tracy Nelson, both of Colorado Springs, CO, and Brandon (Sarah) Nelson of Oklahoma City, OK; two granddaughters—Melissa (Todd) Crum of The Woodlands, TX, and Adrienne (Michael) Weigel of Oklahoma City; four great-grandchildren—Kylah, Dominic, Camilla and Callista; a sister, Gwen Thompson; two brothers-in-law—Lewis Thompson and Irvin (Jan) Williams; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, 1002 Ave. C, Gothenburg, NE 69138, The Gideons International, P.O. Box 133, Gothenburg, NE 69138, and Golden Living Center, 318 W. 18th St., Cozad, NE 69130.