Jack A. Nelson
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July 8, 1923 - Jan. 24, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Jack (also known as "Smiling Jack" to so many of his friends!) went to be with the Lord at the Veterans Extended Care in Menlo Park with loving and caring nurses and family surrounding him. He deeply loved his two sons, Gregg and Todd and his daughter Kristen, his 9 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 1 great granddaughter and 1 great grandson.
Jack was born in Turlock California, the son of immigrant Swedish parents, Anna and Albert Nelson. He moved to Willow Glen in 1925. They built their home on Willow Glen Way. Jack attended Willow Glen grammar school, Hoover Jr. High, San Jose Technical School and San Jose State College. Jack was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts and served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the anti aircraft division as a Staff Sergeant in the European Theater of operations. He was awarded 2 Bronze stars.
Jack learned the building trade working with his father on weekends. He was General Superintendent at Nielsen Nielsen Construction for 18 years, in 1968 he opened his own construction company.
His parents preceded him in death and his sister Helen in 2011. His sister Catherine of Wichita Falls Texas survives him. His loving wife of 61 years, Eloise, his children Gregg and his wife Emily, Todd and his wife Stacey and Kristen and her husband Craig Nolan. Grand children Braydon, Colby and wife Ashley, Davis, Chase, Jack and his wife Jennalene, Bryce, Collin, Kaleb, Seth and Eloise, great grand children Lucy and Liam all say "we love you Far Far", we will drink a cup of tea for you!
A memorial service will be held on March 2 at 3:00 PM at Willow Glen Baptist Church (Dwell) located at 1292 Minnesota Ave at the corner of Hicks in San Jose.
Jack expressed the desire that any remembrances be made in the form of a donation to Bethel University 3900 Bethel Dr St Paul, MN 55112, in lieu of flowers."
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 1, 2013