Rodney J. Nelson, 88, of Lecanto, Fla., died Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Hospice of Citrus County House in Lecanto. Rodney was born June 29, 1924, in Overbrook, Pa., the son of Carl and Frieda Nelson. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII
. Rodney worked as a foreman for a steel manufacturer. He moved to Lecanto in 1997 from Moon Township, Pa. Rodney was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the National VFW
Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Ross, and Richard Nelson and his granddaughter, Lori Nelson. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Jean Nelson; son, Gary J. Nelson of Port Orange; daughter, Susan J. Burcham and her husband Timothy of Johnstown, Ohio; sister, Grace Baker of Cheraw, S.C.; grandson, Daniel J. Stiers of Hollywood; and three great-grandchildren, Brett, Michelle, and Hazel Nelson all of Port Orange.
Funeral services for Mr. Nelson will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Reverend Kenneth Blyth will preside. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.