William Emery Nelson
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February 4, 1922 - April 16, 2013
William Emery Nelson, 91, of Bothell and most recently of Stanwood, passed away April 16, 2012 in Everett, Washington.
Bill was born in Nyssa, Oregon to Edward and Mary Nelson on February 4, 1922 and was the fourth of ten children. He went to Adrian High School and graduated in 1941. Bill joined the Navy in December of 1941 and served in World War 2 as an Aviation Machinist Mate, 2nd Class until his discharge on October 1st of 1945. Shortly before he shipped out, he married Mary Ellen Courmier on January 5th 1942. After the service Bill came home to Adrian to start his family and where he homesteaded and farmed for 24 years growing primarily potatoes. He also joined the Air Force Reserve in January of 1953 for three years as a Staff Sergeant. Bill and Mary sold the farm and in 1968 moved the family to Bothell, Washington where he took a job working for the Washington State Patrol which eventually led to his responsibility of installing all of the radio gear and equipment in all of the new patrol cars for many years. Bill retired from the State Patrol in 1984. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying his own airplane and being a faithful servant in whatever church he attended.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary; three brothers Clarence, Allen and Ted Nelson; and a sister Maryanna Langer.
Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Ellen, brothers, Joe, Edgar and Jim, sisters Yvonne Hill and Winnie Sorrell; daughters Kathy (Randy) Jacox, Carolyn Nelson and Debra (Don) Beckwith; five grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Memorials in Bill's name may be given to:
North Tower 100 W Harrison St. N200 Seattle, WA 98119 or Wounded Warrior Project 2223 Alaskan Way Suite 220 Seattle, WA 98121.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 10th at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell. Memories and condolences may be shared with Bill's family in his online tribute at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 8, 2013