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ALBERT "BURL" NELSON, D.D.S., 96, of LaGrange, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Life Care Center of LaGrange. He was a lifetime resident of LaGrange County. He practiced Dentistry from 1940 to 1987 in LaGrange. Burl attended Goshen College and graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He was a member of the LaGrange First United Methodist Church, a life member of the LaGrange American Legion Post #215, former member of the LaGrange Rotary Club, and a former LaGrange High School board member. He was also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II serving his country with the 20th United States Navy Construction Battalion (SEABEES) in Okinawa. He was born on May 16, 1917 in Shipshewana a son of Joseph E. and Amanda (Mishler) Nelson. On Nov. 28, 1940, A.B. married Grace M. Murray in New York. She survives in LaGrange; also surviving is a daughter, Karen (Thomas) Helmkamp of LaGrange; two sons, Dr. Craig (Linda) Nelson of Fort Wayne, and Roger (Leslie) Nelson of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Irma Eash; and three brothers, Vinton, Gary and Kay O. Nelson. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the LaGrange First United Methodist Church, 209 West Spring St., LaGrange. Rev. Chris Danielson officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange with Military Rites being conducted by the LaGrange American Legion Post #215. Memorials may be contributed to the LaGrange First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be submitted to the family at
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 9, 2014