Obituary Published Monday, June 10, 2002
Ralph Paul Nelson, 77, of LaPorte, passed away at home on Friday, June 7, 2002. Paul was born Dec. 31, 1924, in Hotchkiss to George and Pearl Shinn Nelson. He was the youngest of eight children. The family moved to the Fort Collins area in 1931, and Paul attended schools in Rocky Ridge and LaPorte, graduating from Cache La Poudre High School in 1943.
Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. After basic naval training, Paul was joined in San Francisco by Jackie Landes. The couple was married on June 14, 1944, in the U.S. Naval Chapel on Treasure Island. Paul served as a sonarman on the destroyer USS Sigsbee during WWII. He was honorably discharge in February of 1946.
After the war, Paul and Jackie lived in Iowa and Alaska before returning to Colorado in 1959. Paul was employed by the Sterling Companies for 26 years, retiring in December of 1986. Paul enjoyed outdoor activities, including camping, rock and artifact hunting, motorcycling and traveling. He was an avid reader and a collector of coins, Eskimo artifacts, antique watch fobs and a variety of other items.
Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jackie Nelson; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Joyce Nelson of Chugiak, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Bill Kothe of Fairbanks, Alaska; and daughter and son-in-law, Jill and David Hahn of Littleton. He is also survived by three grandsons, Morgan Kothe, Andrew Hahn and Mitchell Hahn; a brother, Leslie Nelson of Longview, Wash. And a sister, Rachel Conilogue of Niwot; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday at Allnutt Funeral Service/Drake Chapel, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 1900 S. Taft Hill Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80526 or Hospice of Larimer County, 7604 Colland Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525.