Lives Lived: George Nelson
George Milton Nelson, 88, of Nevada City, died Jan. 26.
In tribute to his birthday, a military burial will be at 3 p.m. June 4 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. A celebration of life will follow.
Mr. Nelson was born June 5, 1921, to George Elmer and Ruth Louise Nelson in Utica, Ill. He graduated from LaSalle Peru High School and attended LaSalle Peru Junior College. He was a Navy World War II veteran of the Sicilia and Normandy invasions. He was later stationed in Calcutta, India, under the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO).
The men of SACO, an unknown division of the Navy, operated as guerrilla intelligence agents behind enemy lines in conjunction with the Chinese government against the Japanese army. An excerpt, from a 1945 Washington D.C. newspaper described Mr.
Nelson as playing “a role in one of the most romantic and dangerous episodes of the war against Japan.”
In 1946, he married Myrtle Margaret Lund, his war-time sweetheart.
In 1948, Mr. Nelson went to work at Bakelite of Ottawa, Ill., as a boiler house manager and retired in 1985.
Mr. Nelson and his wife moved to Nevada City, where he was employed at Kmart in Grass Valley from 1987 to 2003.
He enjoyed carpentry, dancing, collecting and swimming. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church and served as a youth counselor while living in Grand Ridge, Ill.
Mr. Nelson’s spirit will live in the hearts of family and friends. He’ll be remembered for his moral strength, his joyous faith in mankind and his love of God, country and family. He was a modest man who lived by example and did not know the meaning of “give up.”
Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Myrtle M. Nelson of Nevada City; children, Joyce (Dwight) Johnson of Nevada City, Joseph M. Nelson of Arizona and Lynn (Karl) Shoger of Illinois; grandchildren, Sherry (Craig) Torgerson, Roseanne (Richard) Powell, Dwight GN Johnson of California, and Kevin and Andrea Shoger of Illinois; and great-grandsons, Cade, Anders and Dane Torgerson of California.
He was preceded in death by father, George Elmer; mother, Ruth Louise; nephew, James M. Kennedy; stepfather, Fred Oscar Anderson; and sister, Charlotte L. Kennedy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the charity of choice that supports American soldiers.
Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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