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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 persons character lies in ones 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. Dels 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.
Sherry and Tony, just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you all…..
To the Nelson family, my condolences.
Del, co-worker and friend, you will truly be missed. May God bless you and your family.
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 . . .
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.
Nick, Dawn and Liane Pipinich
Sherry and Tony
just wanted to let you know Lue & I are thinking about you
all our love
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
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
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
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
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
It saddens me greatly over your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.