William Nelson, 78, Minot, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in a Minot nursing home.
William was born on January 4, 1934, to Earle and Evelyn (Kimball) Johnson in Minot, ND. He was adopted by Harry A. Nelson and was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1953.
On August 13, 1953, William enlisted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country, receiving the National Defense Service medal and the Good Conduct medal. He was honorably discharged as a corporal on June 14, 1955.
In 1954, William was united in marriage to Germaine Smith. To this union three children were born, Anita, Margaret and William. They later divorced.
On August 11, 1972, William was united in marriage to Elaine (Bechtold) Olson in Minot, ND. They made their home in Minot, where William worked at the Minot Air Force Base in the Civil Service department for the 862nd Communications Squadron. He retired in 1994. Elaine died May 17, 2000. William continued to live in Minot and in 2001, met his life-long companion Vera Broker.
He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, hunting,, fishing, gardening and spending winters in Mesa, AZ. William was a life time member of the Parent Teachers Association, a member of the Eagles and American Legion, all of Minot.
William is survived by: companion Vera Broker; dog: Buster; Daughters: Anita (Jayme) Severson and Margaret Winkler; step-children: Audrey Grosz, Lisa Schilling, LaVern Olson, Andy Olson
Three grandsons: one great-grand daughter; twelve step-grandchildren and ten step great-grandchildren; two brothers: Leonard (Maria) Nelson, Michael (Lana) Nelson; one sister: Susan Thompson; one aunt, Bonnie Jean Kimball, Windsor, CA.
William was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, son William G. Nelson, step-son Cyril Olson, a brother Kenneth Nelson and a step son-in-law Arnie Grosz.
Visitation: Friday, November 16, 2012, from 3- 7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10 am at First Presbyterian Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot