Axel H. Nelson

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Axel H. Nelson passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on December 11th 2017 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Lee Nelson (Hulse).
Axel is survived by his brother Norval "Ole" Nelson, brother-in-laws Fred (Carolee) Hulse and Gary (Lori) Hulse, sisters-in-law Carmen Fagg and Charm (Jim) Hoff.
Children: Axel A. Nelson, Tom (Wendy Daroff) Nelson, Linnea Mayer, Dale Nelson, Jerry Nelson, Tammy (Richard) Hayes. Grandchildren: Tina (Tom) Hammonds, Marisa Dunn, Denise (Shawn) Denbow, Shannon Warren, Christopher (Tifany) Nelson, Courtney Nelson, Kim Sheeran, Amanda (Travis) King, Jenelle Nelson, Stephanie Nelson, Nicole Bottleson, Crystal Anderson, Dustin Anderson, Stephan Anderson, Trent Hayes. In addition, Axel is survived by many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces/nephews and extended family.
Axel was born to Arnt and Selma Nelson in Unalaska, Washington but moved to Juneau, Alaska when he was 2 years old. His family homesteaded property out in Fish Creek, Douglas Island. He attended and graduated from the one-room log school-house on Douglas Island (pictured here). Axel worked as a deckhand for his father on the F/V Saga and continued to commercial fish into his eighties. When he graduated, he enlisted in the Army and served during WWII, in Attu and India, and was one of the oldest WWII Vets left in Alaska. He was a proud member of the VFW 5559 Taku Post and American Legion.
When he returned home from the war, he found Bonnie, the love of his life. Axel met Bonnie when he rowed her "across the bar" from Fish Creek to Auke Bay around the dairy farm, where Valley Lumber/Nugget Mall is now located. They fell in love and raised a family of six children on Fritz Cove Road.
Juneau was his home, and he spent his entire life working towards making it a better place. Axel bought his own commercial fishing boat with a VA loan. He helped build the capitol city of Juneau while working at Hildre's Sand and Gravel and owning his own sheet metal shop, Axel's Sheetmetal. In addition, he retired from the Operating Engineers Local 302 in Juneau. In his free time, he loved sitting behind his house 'tinkering' with his tools and volunteering. Even in retirement, Axel was focused on giving back to Juneau. He spent much of his time volunteering with Helping Hands by picking up and delivering food to those in need.
Axel was a father figure to many in the community and was well loved. He is quoted all his life up to the end saying," I love ALL my kids". He was a kind and funny man with a great sense of humor as big as his sense of duty. One of his favorite quotes as he got older was "I still gotta pay taxes". He brought joy, love, compassion and life-long wisdom into every conversation. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

A Celebration of life will be held on May 26th, 2018, at the Moose Lodge in Juneau, from 12 – 4pm. Friends and Family are encouraged to come anytime during those hours to cry, laugh and celebrate Axel's life.

Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 23 to Mar. 22, 2018
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