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Edwin “Bill” Nelson, Jr. 1921-2010

Jun 7, 2011

Funeral service for Edwin A. “Bill” Nelson, Jr. of Ruthven was held Sunday, June 5, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spencer. The Rev. Dan Houghtailing officiated. Inurnment was at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge.

Edwin A. “Bill” Nelson, Jr. was born to Edwin A. Sr. and Fern F. (Fuller) on Nov. 16, 1921, in Ruthven. Bill attended country school and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1939. He played on the baseball team, and once pitched to the famous Bob Feller in competition games. Bob Feller played for the Cleveland Indians.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Dec. 13, 1942 serving during WWII. He was the tail gunner in the B24 Liberator. He was honorably discharged, Dec. 22, 1945. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #33 of Ruthven and served as Post Commander and 8th District Commander.

In 1945, Bill married Evelyn Sharper. To this union two children were born. Bill farmed and then attended airline school. He started employment with Frontier Airlines in 1956, later working at Ft. Logan Mental Health Center in Denver. In 1966 he returned to the airlines, retiring from his aviation career with Aspen Airways in 1989.

On June 24, 1962 Bill married Joan Marie Fieseler in Denver, CO. Bill was a member of the Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church, serving many years as the Pathfinder leader as well as Church Elder.

Bill and Joan Marie spent the winter months in Mesa. After a short illness, Bill passed away Dec. 12, 2010, in Littleton, CO, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; a brother, Charles Lewis; son, Lewis “Butch”; and many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Marie of Ruthven; daughter, Linda and her husband, Mike Heeren, of Littleton, CO; sister, Luella Doneskey of Mesa, AZ; special friend, Tina Hardin of Arvada, CO; granddaughter, Olita Martinez of Centennial, CO; grandson, David Heeren of Dallas, TX; four great grandchildren; and an extended family of two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; sister-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com