Robert Nelson

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INDEPENDENCE - Robert H. Nelson, 86, Independence, died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at his home following a sudden illness.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1924, in Wakefield, Neb., the son of Nels A. and Anna (Swanson) Nelson. He graduated from high school in Wakefield and then earned a B.A. degree from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and an M.A. degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On October 27, 1950, he and the former Millie Earleen Edler were married in Wakefield, Neb. She preceded him in death in 2003. Nelson held several teaching and administrative positions in Nebraska before relocating to Independence in 1957. In Independence he was a mathematics teacher at the high school until he retired in 1984. He also taught several semesters at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Nelson is survived by a son, Tim (Ruth) Nelson, Hampton; and two daughters: Teresa (Glenn) Weber, Perry, and Tammy (Randy) Crawford, Independence. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Velma Forsberg, Wakefield, Neb.; and a brother, Melvin Nelson of Longmont, Colo. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, five sisters, and two brothers.
Services were held Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Independence. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. White Funeral Home of Independence was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2011
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