Lieutenant Colonel Brook Allan Nelson, 42, of Anchorage, died Monday, November 25, 2013 while stationed with the US Army in Seoul, Korea.
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Brook was born to Barb and Bob Nelson, June 4, 1971 in Landstuhl, Germany. He graduated from Monmouth High School in 1989 while his family was stationed with the U.S. Army at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. He received a BA degree in May 1993 from the University of Tampa, Florida in Communications. He attended school on a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.
He met and married his wife of 16 years, Anja Schmidt,on April 26, 1997 while stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. From her home in the former East Germany, Anja was working as an au pair in North Carolina. During their marriage they had two daughters and traveled around the world. Brook served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His wife joined the Army and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Together they were assigned to Korea this past summer.
Brook's forte was making people laugh with his witty sarcasm and being at ease with the world. Quick with a story and quick with a "let's have fun" attitude, he would never hesitate to help people and make friends. Brook loved being a father the most. He will be missed terribly by family, friends, classmates and his fellow soldiers.
Brook is survived by his wife Anja Nelson, their two children, Camryn Michelle Nelson, 12 and Dana Mia Nelson, 10 in Seoul, Korea. His brothers, Bob Nelson Jr. in Anchorage, AK; Brian Nelson in Raleigh, NC; Brad Nelson in Soldotna, AK and sisters, Beth Bluestein in Phoenix, AZ; Brandi Nelson in Anchorage, AK; BreAnn Miller in Las Vegas, NV; Jackie Haring in Ft. Lewis; WA and Esha Marie Nelson in Anchorage, AK. He is survived by 7 nieces and nephews. Brook is also survived by his parents, Command Sergeant Major (US Army/Ret) Bob and Barbara Nelson of Anchorage.
His funeral will be at St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday, December 11th at 11 a.m. A gathering and luncheon will be at the church hall at noon and internment will be at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2013