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Edgar Cyrus "Ed" Nelson


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Edgar Cyrus "Ed" Nelson Obituary
Nelson, Edgar "Ed" Cyrus
Edgar C. Nelson - Professional Flirt, Avid Journaler, Chronic Over-Sharer, Conflicted Iowa Cyclone/Hawkeye Fan, Lover of Life, Patriot, and Beloved Father/Grandfather died on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Ed believed strongly that there are no strangers in life, only friends we haven't yet met. A self professed momma's boy, Ed was born on August 26, 1926 in Postville, IA to Edward and Sarah Nelson. Upon graduating from Postville High School in 1944, he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a radio man on the USS Shields for two years during WWII. After returning home, Ed attended Iowa State University where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and met Arlet, his would-be wife of 68 years. He often told the story of how he first met Arlet while inquiring about a "For Rent" sign in the window of her parent's boarding house in Ames, IA. He describes seeing "the most fantastic pair of legs he had ever laid eyes on" walking down the stairs. He knew right then that not only did he need to rent a room in this house, but that this woman was meant to be his wife. Ed and Arlet later adopted two girls: Kimberly Kay and Kara Lyn. Ed spent 19 years working for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA. In 1972, he relocated his family to Scottsdale, AZ where he worked with Motorola's Government Electronics Division until he retired 17 years later. He will be remembered as a loyal servant of God, a lover of his church and family, a consummate perfectionist, a collector of pens and obscure items, a connoisseur of hot coffee, a sports fanatic, an eternal optimist, and an all-around wonderful man who everyone was privileged to know. Edgar is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Sarah, and brother, Francis. He is survived by his devoted wife, Arlet; daughters, Kimberly and Kara; and four grandsons: Alan (Jessica), Adam (Joe), Ryan (Susan), and Joshua. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on September 20th, 2016 at 11 AM at Grace Community Church in Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on Ed's behalf to either the Cancer Research Institute or the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 18, 2016
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