|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1876|
|Death: ||May 3, 1941|
Funeral Services For William F. Nelson Are Held Monday – Former well-known citizen was stricken in his home early Saturday morning. –
Funeral services were held for William Fredrick Nelson by Rev. Earl Raitt of the Methodist church at 1 p.m. Monday at the McIntyre Mortuary in Grand Island with services following in the Methodist church at Wolbach, Committal was in the Wolbach cemetery.
OBITUARY – William Fredrick Nelson was born February 18, 1876 at Red Oak, Iowa and passed away early Saturday morning at his home 311 east 3rd street, Grand Island at the age of 65 years 2 months 15 days.
At the age of 14 years he with his parents moved to St. Edwards, Nebr. In 1892 he moved to Greeley county eight and one half miles north-east of Wolbach in the district known as Star. On November 28, 1896 he was united in marriage to Martha Ray of Greeley, Nebr., to this union four children were born.
He was a successful farmer and became one of the leading citizens of the Star district. He served as an officer of the Farmers Co-operative Union, superintendent of the Sunday school also a member of the school board. On January 16, 1920 be moved to Wolbach and immediately became active in civic affairs, serving on the school board, village board and church board. Served an un-interrupted term of 12 years as electric light and water commissioner also several terms as constable. On September 1, 1936 he moved to Grand Island to manage an apartment building.
He was baptized in infancy in the Methodist church. He participated with his family in baptismal ceremony at Enfield church, later transferring to Wolbach then to Grand Island.
He was the last of five children to survive, three sisters and one brother preceding him in death. He leaves to mourn his wife and three children, Archie of Wolbach, John of Broken Bow, and Anna Druliner of Grand Island and ten grandchildren.
The loss to his family is irreparable. His host of friends and the community will greatly miss him. Let us think that Edgar A. Guest has a man like Fred Nelson in mind when he wrote, "Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man."
Pallbearers were Dr. A. H. Holm, John R. Wibbels, Ed. L. Johnson, Alfred J. Larsen, A. H. Studley, and Wm. C. Borre. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Paulsen, Chris Borre, Mike Fitzsimmons, Nels Nelson, E. H. Davis, W. P. Bissell, Grover Farlee, and W. A. Druliner.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 8, 1941, transcribed by Linda Berney
Louisa Jane Tilburn Nelson (1850 - 1932)
Martha Elisa Ray Nelson (1881 - 1951)
Archie E Nelson (1898 - 1963)*
John F Nelson (1900 - 1987)*
Anna May Nelson Druliner (1903 - 1979)*
Infant Nelson (1914 - 1914)*
Plot: Block 7, Lot 12
Created by: Linda Berney
Record added: Nov 02, 2010
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