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David E. Nelson
09/15/1945 — 08/26/2021
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David E. Nelson
David Nelson, a 77 year resident of Richland Washington passed away August 26th, 2021. David had been a resident of Richland since 1992.
David was born in Fort Meade South Dakota to Adele and Arnold Nelson, and grew up in Sturgis South Dakota where he attended school before graduating from the South Dakota school of mines in Rapid City South Dakota. After graduating he worked at Boeing in Seattle for one year. He then entered the Army where he served as well as the ROTC and was honorably discharged.
In David’s early years he had a large paper route and was a good student. He enjoyed hiking in the Black Hills, hunting with his B.B gun. He lived with his mother and grandmother as his dad was deployed in Germany in the Army during that time.
David is a proud father of his children, 7 grandchildren, 2 step grandsons and 4 step great grandchildren, and his wife Joan of 44 years.
In his life, some of David’s greatest accomplishments were being a captain the army and in charge of the missile site in Alaska, working at Hanford, and being one of the earliest computer programmers and being a proud father of 2 kids.. David served on the Republican Party committee and was a treasurer for the Nazarene church.
He loved being a rock hound, collecting gems all kinds of music, and traveling.
A memorial will be held in David’s honor September 25th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at New Heights Church – 390 Thayer Dr. in Richland, WA.