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Joy Arthur Nelson
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Birth: May 21, 1915
Pope County
Minnesota, USA
Death: May 2, 2010

His Legacy… Joy Arthur Nelson was born on May 21, 1915 in Starbuck,Minnesota. He was the 7th of 10 children born to John & Alvilde (Peterson) Nelson. Joy's parents were born in this country, but his grandparents' families had all immigrated from Norway. The Nelson family lived on a traditional family farm, where they grew corn and other grain crops and raised livestock to support themselves. Joy enjoyed growing up on the farm. He played football in high school and at the University of Minnesota. He also
played on the school basketball team that won the state championship, a big honor for a small town. He graduated from high school in 1933, at the height of the Depression. By 1939 he had moved to California where he worked at the Hansen – Orloff dairy in Pleasanton. This is where he met the love of his life Ida Anna Wolfenberger. Their romance grew until Joy went to Alaska, and then deepened through letters while he was away in the Army Air Force during World War II. While in the Army Air Force he worked repairing bombers, mostly B-24's, some B-25's and assembled a whole group of B-40 fighter planes. While in the Army Air Force Joy invented a stand to test propellers
without having to install them in the aircraft, he was awarded a Legion of Merit Medal for this invention, although he didn't actually receive the medal itself until 1996!

His family was told it was among the top five military awards in importance, and was usually given only to officers. The citation says his invention "saved time, money and lives." He was discharged from the Army on June 30, 1945 and on July 8, 1945 he married Ida Anna Wolfenberger. They spent time traveling, raising a family and just enjoying each other and their grandchildren and great grandchildren until Ida's death in 2007. Joy was a founding member of the Calvary Lutheran Church and also owned & operated Nelson's Home Furnishings in downtown Oroville. Joy will be remembered by family and friends as a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed. Joy passed away on May 2,2010 at the age of 94.

His Family… Joy is survived by his daughters Janice (Monte) Sidenstricker of Oroville, CA; Annette (Bob) Hagopian of Santa Cruz, CA; four grandchildren Brendon(Andie) Sidenstricker, Kristin (Eric) Anglin, Elissa (Bob) Hambrecht, Chandra (Raphael)Kauffmann, eleven great grandchildren Jordann, Kodi, Bailee, Deven, Brittany, Lem,
Anna Rose, Nate, Remy, Tristan, Nicky and one great great grandchild on the way. He also survived by one sister Amy, four sisters in law and numerous nieces and nephews.

His Farewell Service …His Funeral will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the Calvary Lutheran Church 10 Concordia Lane, Oroville, CA with Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Ramsey FuneralHome 530-534-3877 
Family links: 
  John Hefta Nelson (1875 - 1952)
  Alvilde Marie Peterson Nelson (1878 - 1972)
  Ida Anna Wolfenberger Nelson (1922 - 2007)*
  Marie A. Nelson (1901 - 1995)*
  Luella Julianna Nelson (1904 - 1987)*
  Arnt Melvin Nelson (1906 - 1983)*
  Norman Orlando Nelson (1908 - 1978)*
  Gladys Nelson Hendrikson (1910 - 2003)*
  Milo E Nelson (1912 - 1956)*
  Joy Arthur Nelson (1915 - 2010)
  Amy Cornelia Nelson Nelson (1917 - 2001)*
  John Lloyd Robert Nelson (1920 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Butte County
California, USA
Maintained by: Eric C.
Originally Created by: Steven R. Goff
Record added: Sep 24, 2012
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Joy Arthur Nelson
Added by: Steven R. Goff
Joy Arthur Nelson
Added by: Steven R. Goff
Joy Arthur Nelson
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Thank you for your Army Air Force service in WWII, & for your invention of a time saving propeller testing stand that earned you a Legion of Merit Medal. Rest in peace.
- GreenHills Stones Calling
 Added: Jun. 6, 2014

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