Delbert ”Del” Wallace Nelson

12/25/1943 — 07/20/2004

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Kellogg, Idaho

Delbert ”Del” Wallace Nelson

The true test of a person’s character lies in one’s ability to love without want. Delbert W. Nelson, 60 years old, of West Richland WA. left us on Tuesday July 20th with a rich history of unselfish love, honesty and undeniable integrity. As a father, he taught us about strength, perseverance, and love without conditions. As a husband, he showed us how to be devoted with standards of priority, trust and unending compassion.

Del was born December 25, 1943 in Kellogg, Idaho to Wallace and Ester Nelson. From Kellogg, he and his family moved to Anaconda, Montana were Del spent the majority of his next thirty years, until moving to the Tri-Cities in 1981. Del’s career consisted of 20 years as a mason / bricklayer working in the smelting and construction industry, and 21 years employed at Hanford filling many different job titles and roles.

Delbert is survived by his life long love and wife Sherry Nelson, son Tony Nelson, both of West Richland, and sister Kathy Gallie of Butte, Montana. Del was an avid outdoorsmen who loved to fish, hike, and most of all snowmobile. He found beauty in all of nature and spent most of his free time yearning to be in the mountains. Along with the joy he found in nature, Del truly enjoyed fast cars. He had a life quest to own and drive them all.

Del will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends, but the life lessons and love he left behind will continue to be felt by those who loved him the most. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, Monday, July 26th, 2004 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, WA. A luncheon will follow graveside services at the Knights of Columbus.

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  • Sherry and Tony, just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you all…..

    Linda and Rudy Higgins
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To the Nelson family, my condolences.

    Del, co-worker and friend, you will truly be missed. May God bless you and your family.


    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Del, You were a good friend & will be sorely missed. I’ll miss the occasional “Bohunk” greeting & will look for you “At The Lake” every time I’m there. May God bless you, Sherry, & Tony . . .

    Jim Ficklin
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dawn, Liane and I were very saddened to here about Del and want to let you know that you are in our thoughts. We now he is now sitting on the right hand of the lord and watches over all of us. Our deepest thoughts and heart most sympathy goes out to you Sherry and Tony.

    Love always

    Nick, Dawn and Liane Pipinich

    NIck, Dawn & Liane Pipinich
    November 4, 2014
    Belgrade, MT, US
  • Sherry and Tony

    just wanted to let you know Lue & I are thinking about you

    all our love


    Bob & Lue Pimich
    November 4, 2014
    Missoula, MT, US
  • I worked with Del for many years at Hanford and we were good friends. He was a very kind and nice person, I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Debbie

    Debra Turnbow
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dear Sherry,

    We just want to let you know we love you and are thinking of you. Tried to call you but no answer. Will call in a couple of days to see how we can help. Love, the Carrs

    Bill, Jolene, Bill, Michael and Emilie Carr
    November 4, 2014
    Dixon, CA, US
  • Sherry and Tony, just a few works to let you know we are thinking of you. Del was a good friend and co-worker and will be terribly missed. God bless and take care.

    Maurice and Donna Duffield

    Maurice Duffield
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • My oldest brother. His brother Ken died February 25, 2000, His father Wallace Nelson died April 28, 1984, and his mother Esther Nelson died January 19, 2002. Del’s birthdate is December 25 1944. He was 59 years old!!!! Dear Del, Welcome home, your family has missed you. Love Kathy

    Kathleen Galle
    November 4, 2014
    Anaconda, MT, US
  • Our deepest and sincerest sympathy to Sherry and Tony.

    We will miss our friend Del and remember all the good times we had together. Jim & Diana Ross & family

    Jim & Diana Ross
    November 4, 2014
    Othello, WA, US
  • Sherry

    It saddens me greatly over your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.



    Tim J. Pipinich
    November 4, 2014
    Belgrade, MT, US
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