Gothenburg Resident: Raymond Earl Nelson, age 85 (1928-2014)

Raymond Earl Nelson, 85, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died December 27th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, Nebraska.

He was born June 14th, 1928, in Arnold, Nebraska, son of Raymond E. and Helen (Simpson). He grew up west of Arnold on the family farm in a sod house and attended country schools near Arnold. He worked for several farmers in the Arnold area. He followed the wheat harvest for a while and spent two years in Colorado with a demolition crew.

He was inducted into the Army in 1951, where he was a demolition specialist. A short fuse went off, Ray dove under a big truck and the driver accidentally drove over Ray's head. He was discharged from the service and received the Purple Heart.

Ray married Doris Williams on February 23rd, 1952, at the Nazarene Church in Salina, Kansas; they had two boys, Dick and Steven.

He worked for the Ford Garage in 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 90's he worked as a car salesman at the Ford Garage and Simon Motors.

He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing. Ray and Doris spent seven winters in Mission, Texas. Ray was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post #0064 and the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are wife, Doris Nelson of Gothenburg; two sons: Dick (Jody) Nelson of Gothenburg; and Steve (Rebecca) Nelson of Edmond, Oklahoma; three grandsons: Nathan Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tracy Nelson of Colorado Springs; and Brandon (Sarah) Nelson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two granddaughters: Melissa (Todd) Crum of The Woodlands,?Texas; and Adrienne (Michael) Weigel of Oklahoma City; four great-grandkids: Kylah, Dominic, Camilla and Callista; sister: Gwen Thompson; two brother-in-laws: Lewis Thompson and Irvin (Jan) Williams along with several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Fred Williams; his in-laws Earl and Helen Williams.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church on Monday, December 30th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Bill Ivey officiating.

Interment was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church 1002 Ave C Gothenburg, NE 69138, The Gideons International PO Box 133 Gothenburg, NE 69138, Golden LivingCenter 318 W 18th street Cozad, NE 69130.

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