Arnold Nelson Obituary

Arnold Paul Nelson
Arnold Nelson
Arnold Paul Nelson

September 20, 1916 - October 26, 2010
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Ankeny, IA
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Arnold Paul Nelson died at home from complications of Alzheimer's. He lived at home with his niece and was cared for by her and many caring health workers. He had suffered a long time and rallied many times, but went peacefully into the hereafter on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the age of 94 years.

Arnold, son of John Paul and Marie Nelson, was born September 20, 1916 in Chicago IL. He loved sports and played baseball and basketball often. He loved school and music, which he studied informally for the rest of his life. He was a family-oriented young man and gave much of his time and energy to his family.

He served his country in World War II as a member of the signal corps. After the war he attended the University of Nebraska for a semester before transferring to Michigan State University. At MSU, he lettered in gymnastics and graduated with a BS in engineering. He returned to Chicago where he provided for his mother, sister Eleanor, nephew Richard and niece Elaine.

He lived for much of his adult life in Riverdale IL before moving to a retirement home in Dolton IL. He worked for Sherwin Williams until retiring in 1981 at the age of 65. At that time, he took up snow skiing and for the next two decades traveled the United States and world. He regularly attended evening classes at Thornton Community College taking courses in foreign languages, crafts, swimming, and exercise.

Arnie enjoyed life. He had a great sense of humor, many friends, interests and talents. He was well loved by his family and liked by all. We will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Marie Nelson and sister Eleanor Wells. He is survived by his niece, Elaine (David) Wilkinson of Ankeny, Richard (Betty) Wells of Centralia WA, cousins Char Swenson of Indianapolis IN, Don Anderson of California, and Lenore (Wally) Helbig of Tampa FL.

His remains will be cremated and an informal memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue in Des Moines at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3rd. Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW or the Animal Rescue League.

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First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, Iowa
1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1:00 PM