William A. Nelson


May 8, 2019 — William A. Nelson, 87, of Florence, passed away March 5, 2019, after a period of declining health.

He was born in 1932 in Minneapolis, Minn., where he attended Hale, Ramsey and Washburn schools.

As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, with the 187th Airborne Regimental Com-bat Team. He was very proud of his contributions as a medic and paratrooper.

After receiving his Associate of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, he became involved in sales, first as a 20th Century welder salesman, then as a sales representative in the automotive aftermarket field. He often joked that he was known as the “Mud Flap King of the Upper Midwest.”

He enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, cross-country skiing and traveling. Reading and playing bridge were his favorite indoor activities.

Those who knew him loved his easy-going way with people, his quick smile and hearty laugh. He was always up for fun, a challenge, an adventure — not to forget a cribbage game.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eloise (Peters) Nelson, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and their families, and many friends with fond memories and stories to tell about this extraordinary guy.

He is sorely missed.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in Minneapolis on June 14, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, 6565 Oakley Drive, NE Fridley, Minn., 55432.

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