Timothy Ryan Nelson, age 25 of Bellingham, passed away July 26, 2008. He was born September 22, 1982 in Gales Creek, OR to Daniel & Linda Nelson. He grew up in Spokane, WA. He was married to Elisha Basta on August 25, 2007 in Bellingham. Tim was a veteran of the USMC and attained the rank of Sergeant. He participated in the Battle of Fallujah and was awarded the following decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/combat V) Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the President Unit Citation. At the time of Tim's death he was the President of Bellingham Chapter 3 of the Veterans of Modern Warfare and board member of the Whatcom County Veterans Advisory Committee that overseas programs to assist Veterans. He was currently attending WWU and worked at the VA Veteran Center in Bellingham. Tim was active in his community. In the short time he was with us he volunteered with the Whatcom County Fire Department, CPS and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His mother preceded him in death. Tim is survived by his wife, Elisha Nelson; father Daniel Nelson of Spokane; sister Jessica Nelson of Spokane, and many other relatives and friends. Tim will be remembered for his wonderful smile, his contagious laughter and his desire and passion to help anyone, anywhere, anytime. Funeral Services will be held at Westford Funeral Home on Monday, August 4 at 1 PM, followed by a reception at the VFW; 625 N. State St. Gravesides Services will be held at Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane on Wednesday, August 6 at 12 Noon. Friends and Veterans motorcycle groups will escort him to Spokane that morning. You may view photos and share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.
Westford Family Funeral Home & Cremation Broadway at Eldridge
Published in Bellingham Herald from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2008