Elmer F. "Bud" Nelson

E.F. “Bud” Nelson RACINE – Elmer F. “Bud” Nelson, 87, died peacefully at his home in Racine, Wisconsin on February 25, 2013. Bud had been married to Grace Rosenke since March 22, 2008. Bud was born in Racine to parents Elmer and Blanche Nelson (nee: Schuster) on June 21, 1925. Bud served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1948 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, followed by a degree in Civil Engineering in 1950. After graduation, Bud married Jean Daugherty on November 23, 1947. They were married until her death in 2003. They raised four children together, and had five grandchildren. Bud returned to Racine after graduation and began working as an engineer for the family construction company, Nelson & Co., Inc., in 1948. Succeeding his father, Elmer Nelson Sr., he became President of Nelson & Co. in 1965 and led the firm to a prominent ranking in the state of Wisconsin, and one of the top 400 construction firms in the U.S. Nelson Incorporated was a four-generation family construction company that built some of the most iconic and notable institutional buildings in Southeastern Wisconsin, including the S.C Johnson Research Tower. Larger building projects included the Nestle plant in Burlington, the General Electric plant in Waukesha. Other projects included In-Sink-Erator Mfg. Co., YMCA, Regency Mall, University of Wisconsin Parkside Library,the Law Enforcement Center, the J.I. Case Transmission Center and many other buildings in the Racine and Milwaukee areas. Bud was active in the Association of General Contractors of Wisconsin, serving as its President in 1980. He also served as President of Goodwill, the Racine Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA, and served on the boards of the Racine Zoological Society, the Theater Guild and the Boy Scouts. Bud was selected as Citizen of the Year by the Racine V.F.W. and Mr. Fourth-fest in 1985. He was a member of the Racine Country Club, The Somerset Club, and the Young President’s Association. After his retirement in 1988, he spent winters in Southern Florida and summers in Racine. When he married Grace, they continued to enjoy winters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Bud joined the Senior Golf Association of Wisconsin and served as it’s president in 2003. His hobbies included golf, skiing, and percussion. He was an accomplished rudimental drummer and won the national individual rudimental contest in 1953 while with the Boys of 76 Drum & Bugle Corps. Earlier while in high school he was swept up by the Gene Krupa swing drumming craze , and won a local drumming contest in 1941. As a result, he played a solo performance with the Krupa orchestra on Gene Krupa’s own drum set while he was performing in Racine. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Jean and his sister and brother-in-law, Lois and John McComb. He is survived by his wife Grace, and children Sue (Bill) Kroyer, Jill (Marty) Sturino, Karen (John) Johnson , and Jim (Cindy) Nelson, and grandchildren Krista Johnson, Joe Sturino. Carmaine (Troy) Patterson , Eric Nelson and Becca (Tom) Whitney , and step-children Linda (Rusty) Quillan, Lisa French, Julie (Mark) Schaefer, and Gretchen Rosenke and Grace’s nine grandchildren. Memorial services for Bud will be held at the Mound Cemetery Chapel on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the chapel on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family wishes to thank Wheaton Fransiscan Hospice and a special thanks to family friend Sara Ramig. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the Racine Zoo, 200 Goold St, Racine, WI 53402.. Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory 3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402-3230 Phone: (262) 639-8000 www.purath-strand.com

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Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402
(262) 639-8000

Published in Racine Journal Times from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2013