Lucian E. Nelson, 88 / Aug. 29, 1921 – Jan. 30, 2010Published 11:34am Monday, February 1, 2010
Lucian E. Nelson, 88, of Sheffield Avenue, Niles died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at his home following an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 29, 1921 in Trezevant, Tenn. to Lorenzo Ervin Nelson and Octavia (Hudgins) Nelson. He graduated from McKenzie (Tenn.) High School, and has lived in Niles since 1947.
He was employed for 39 years at Simplicity Pattern Co., Niles, retiring in 1986. He was a member of First Church of Christ-Christian, Niles; was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; a master Mason and life member of Saint Joseph Valley Lodge No. 4, F.& A.M. He also bowled in area leagues; was a proficient player of pingpong; enjoyed fishing; and practiced water-skiing through his 70th birthday.
On Aug. 18, 1946 in Corinth, Miss. he married Dovie “Marie” (Lowe) Nelson, who survives.
He is also survived by his sons, Kenneth (Jamie) Nelson of Seneca, S.C., Rick (Debbie) Nelson of Niles, Greg Nelson of Niles and Jim Nelson of Niles; daughters, Judy (Glen) Peck of Niles and Deb (Bob) Hames of Niles; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by a son, Mitch Nelson, who died Feb. 5, 2001, and six brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles with Pastor David Szymczak of First Church of Christ-Christian officiating.
Burial will be held at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Masonic rites by Saint Joseph Valley Lodge No. 4, F. & A.M. at 7:30 p.m. A veterans’ flag presentation and “Taps” will conclude the committal Tuesday at the graveside by American Legion Post No. 26 in Niles.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home.