Paul Nelson, Jr. Obituary

Paul F. Nelson, Jr.
Dr. Paul F. Nelson, Jr.
Paul F. Nelson, Jr.

July 8, 1922 - March 10, 2007
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Paul Francis Nelson, Jr., 84, passed away on March 10, 2007, at Methodist Hospital surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Westover Funeral Home. Burial services will follow at Glendale Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, at Westover Funeral Home.

Paul was born July 8, 1922, to Paul and Hazel Nelson in Des Moines, IA. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Dental College. After graduating from the College of Dentistry in 1946, Paul started practicing dentistry in Des Moines but then was called to serve his country. Paul served as Captain in the Iowa Air National Guard deployed in Bangor, Maine during the Korean War. He met the love of his life, Theodora (Teddy) Parent, while serving his country, and after he was discharged they returned to Des Moines. Paul opened a dental office in the Equitable Building and he practiced dentistry in downtown Des Moines for 54 years until retiring in 2000.

Paul was a life member of the American Dental Association, life member of the Psi Omega fraternity, member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, member of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, and past member of the Izaak Walton league.

Paul’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his loving wife and his three sons, Tom, Jerry and Larry, and their families. He loved his patients and loved practicing dentistry. He was an avid Hawkeye sports fan and enjoyed watching all sports. He loved fishing and vacationing with his family.

Paul will be remembered for his sweet disposition, his sense of humor, and his unassuming and loving personality. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, dentist, and friend. His physical presence will be missed, but Paul will live on forever in the loving memories of all who knew him.

Paul is survived by his wife, Teddy Nelson of 55 years; son, Tom (Wanda) Nelson and their three children, Shana (Lance) Frederick, Matt Nelson, and Jessica Nelson; son, Jerry (Danise) and their two children, Joy Nelson, and Jennifer (Adam) Cervetti; and son, Dr. Larry Nelson (Margie) and their three children, Rachel Nelson, Charlie Nelson, and Frankie Nelson.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 5444 NW 96th Street, Johnston, IA 50131, or the Dental Achievement Fund, University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, IA 52242-1010.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Monday, March 12, 2007
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, March 13, 2007