Edwin A. 'Bill' Nelson Jr.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Services for Edwin A. "Bill" Nelson Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spencer. Rev. Dan Houghtailing will officiate.

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spencer.

Inurnment will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. Military graveside rites will be performed by American Legion Post No. 33

Edwin A. "Bill" Nelson Jr. was born to Edwin A. Sr. and Fern F. (Fuller) Nov. 16, 1921, in Ruthven, Ia. Bill attended country school, and Ruthven High School, graduating in 1939.

He played on the baseball team, and at one time pitched to the famous Bob Feller in competition games. Bob Feller was a team mate of the Cleveland Indian.

Bill enlisted in the United States Navy, Dec. 13, 1942, and began active duty Sept. 29, 1943, during WWII. He was the tail gunner position in the B24 Liberator. He was honorably discharged, Dec. 22, 1945. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post No. 33 of Ruthven and served as Post Commander from 1993-95. He also served as 8th District Commander from 2001-2002.

In 1945, Bill married Evelyn Sharper. To this union two children were born. Bill farmed with his parents, then went to airline school and started employment with Frontier Airlines in New Mexico in 1956. He worked at Ft. Logan Mental Health Center in Denver until October 1966 when he returned to the airlines, ending his career with Aspen Airways in 1989.

June 24, 1962, Bill was united in marriage to Joan Marie Fieseler in Denver, Colo.

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, Colo., 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, Ia.; daughter, Linda and her husband, Mike Heeren of Littleton, Colo.; sister, Luella Doneskey of Mesa, Ariz.; special friend, Tina Hardin of Arvada, Colo.; granddaughter, Olita Martinez of Centennial, Colo.; grandson, David Heeren of Dallas, Texas; 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.

-Arrangements by martin-Mattice Funeral Home.