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 Walter Nelson Abbott 1913 ~ 2003  Walter Nelson (Nels) Abbott, 89, passed away on November 18, 2003, after a fall in his home.  He was born in New York City on December 22, 1913, a son of Clarence Mallory and Elizabeth Nelson Abbott. He attended Princeton University as a member of the Class of 1936. His first regular job after leaving Princeton University was as a "missionary" sales representative for Van Norman Machine Tool Company. He covered the northwestern five states in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces and came to Boise, Idaho, where he met Opal "Monette" Rigby, of Fairview, Utah. They were married June 21, 1941, in the Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, Idaho, and moved to Oak Grove, Oregon. In the Fall of 1942 he began long-term employment with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, interrupted for approximately two years after he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He was discharged in 1946 as an Aviation Electronics Technicians Mate First Class, having spent most of his Navy time as an instructor in Chicago and elsewhere. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Westinghouse and held management positions in many areas of the country in the Marketing Division of the Westinghouse Appliance Divisions, in and out of Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio and California. He retired in 1973, and they moved to Orem, Utah, where they lived continuously, except for two years in Sun City, Arizona. A while after his wife's death, Nels moved to Cove Point Retirement Center, where he thoroughly enjoyed interaction with others in the Center, became involved in their bridge group and their book club, where he enjoyed giving informative reviews of both books and biographies of authors and others of historical note. Nels was a life-long Episcopalian and a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Provo. He served there as Vestry Member, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer. He was the author of numerous newspaper articles about activities and personnel at St. Mary's. Opal and Nels were unable to have children and efforts at adoption were unsuccessful because of his frequent employment transfers. However, he is survived by many nieces and nephews, to whom he was a "favorite uncle," and by "in-laws" who considered him as a real brother.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 50 West 200 North, Provo, Utah. Friends may visit the family at a viewing at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Church on Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Fairview City Cemetery, Fairview, Utah. Receptions will be held at the church after the funeral and in Fairview after the burial service. To send condolences please visit www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 23, 2003
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