Sunday, February 28, 2010
Dale “Roger” Nelson
Dale “Roger” Nelson, 81, of Pueblo, Colo.,passed away Feb. 19, 2010.
Dale was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Clintonville, Wis. to the late Louis S. and Mary Jane (McGlin) Nelson. He attended Clintonville High School until he enlisted in the United States Army. Dale served in the 5th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division and participated in five major campaigns in Korea. He was awarded numerous medals and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Oct. 12, 1952.
On Oct. 4a, 1952 he married Elsie Krasovic. He was employed by CF&I for 32 years and upon his retirement, he was general foreman-maintenance of the seamless tube mill. He was a member of BPOE No. 90, a head tech official for the United States Late Model Association and at Beacon Hill/I-25 Speedway, and a NASCAR member.
His passions in life were his family, building race cars and street rods, attending Late Model races and car shows throughout the Southwest, visiting his buddies at their shops, and seeing his mill friends for lunch on Fridays.
He is survived by his loving wife Elsie, whom he was married to for 57 years; his children and their spouses, Mary Kay (Alan) Hamel, Jayne (Vern) Curtis, Richard (Pattie) Nelson and Janet “Chickie” Nelson, and his grandchildren, Nathan (Hannah Ingles) Hammel, Lisa Hammel and Allie Marie Nelson. Dale is also survived by his special nephew, Jim Mauss and his family; his sisters, Marion Werth of Kaukauna, Rosella Gartzke of Shawano and Lois Kreklow of Manawa, and numerous nieces and nephews in Wisconsin.
He was also preceded in death by his brother and his spouse, Reuben (Alice) Nelson and sisters and their spouses, Laura (Lester) Tellock, Blanche (Leo) Kautz and Esther (Herb) Riemer (all of Clintonville), Mable (Eric) Strutz (Sturgeon Bay) and brother-in-laws, Vernon Werth (Kaukauna), Robert Gartzke (Shawano) and James Kreklow (Manawa).
A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 in Pueblo, Colo. with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.
Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, and sisters, but will be remembered forever.