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Paul E. Nelson

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NEWPORT -- Paul E. Nelson, 94, formerly of Barnet and Shaftsbury, died Aug. 18, 2004 at Bel Aire Center, Newport.

He was born in Barnet, Feb. 9, 1910, the son of Wilbur and Agnes (Gibson) Nelson and was a self-employed dairy farmer in Barnet Center. He received the distinguished farmer of the year award and his farm was photographed many times for calendars due to its scenic, picturesque view. He also sold grain for Eastern states. Active in town affairs, he served as a Barnet selectman, lister, and as a member of the budget committee. He was also a member and elder of the Barnet Center Presbyterian Church, Farm Bureau and Soil Conservation and the Odd Fellows.

He was a graduate of Lyndon Institute Class of 1927 and Worcester Polytech Institute, Worcester, Mass. Class of 1932, where he was a member of the Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity. Mr. Nelson was predeceased by two wives, Elinor (Bates) Nelson in 1977 and Marion (Brooks) Nelson in 2003; a sister, Marion in 2000; and a brother, Dwight Nelson in 1982.

Survivors include one daughter, Laurie J. Cain and husband Robert of Morgan; three sons, Raymond W. Nelson and wife Ann of Universal City, Texas, and Donald B. Nelson and wife Diane of Barnet, Douglas of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great granddaughter.

At Mr. Nelson’s request there will be no calling hours.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Barnet at Barnet Center, 276 Barnet Center Road, with the Rev. John Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow in Barnet Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Presbyterian Church of Barnet at Barnet Center, c/o Mr. Merle Fitzgerald, 520 West Main Street, Barnet, VT 05821 or to Bel Aire Center, Activity Fund, 35 Bel Aire Drive, Newport, VT 05855. Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, N.H. is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 23, 2004
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