Nelson, Clarence M.
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Sep. 30, 1919 - Jun. 13, 2013
Clarence M. Nelson died on June 13, 2013 at Luke Haven, Village on the Isles, Venice, FL after a series of health problems.
Clarence was born in Park Falls, Wisconsin on September 30, 1919 to Martin and Clara Nelson. He was the baby of the family and enjoyed family life and schools in Park Falls. After 2 years in the CCC camps he was admitted to the University of Minnesota where he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering in three years.
Clarence went to work for US Government Synthetic Rubber Program in St Albans West Virginia in 1943 where he met and married Joan Terry on Oct 6, 1945. Clarence and Joan had four children. Pam Hanson, Jon (Sue) Nelson and Deborah (Deanna Britt) Nelson and an infant son who died at birth. They were also blessed with five grandsons; Matthew (Karen) Hanson, Michael (Carrie) Hanson, Jeff, Brian and Evan Nelson as well as four great grandsons Nick, Max, Nate and Ethan.
Clarence had a very interesting work life with Uniroyal which took him and his family to England and Brazil. After his retirement in 1982 Clarence and Joan retired to Venice Florida where they made many friends. They were active in golf, bowling, bridge and entertaining friends and family.
In 1999 Joan died after a several year battle with cancer. Clarence was fortunate to meet and marry Helen Malloy on April 6, 2002. He and Helen had many great years of friendship, travel and dancing.
Clarence is survived by his sister Margaret Nuernberg, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother in law David (Judy) Terry, nephew David Nelson, nieces Karen Faucette and Sandra Adams and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Clara Nelson, his wife Joan Terry Nelson., brothers Norm and Al Nelson, sister in law Margaret Nelson, nephew John Irving Nelson, sister in law Connie Nelson and nephew Martin Nelson.
Clarence was proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a stoic hard working man during his very interesting and rich life. The family will have a small private memorial service at a future date.
The Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to your favorite charities.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 23 to June 24, 2013