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Herbert E. Nelson

1919 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Herbert E. Nelson Obituary

Herbert E. Nelson, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012 with his wife of 63 years Patricia and his daughter Susan by his side.

April 7, 1919 - July 9, 2012, Herb was 93 years old.

He was born in Seattle, Washington to Lawrence Maynard and Mariea Lucille Nelson.

Herbert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Nelson, his Brother, Robert Nelson 97 years of age (wife Caryl) of Luecadia, California, and one Sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Rueter 94 years of age (husband, John) (deceased) of Tigard, Oregon.

Herb is also survived by his three children, Tom (Teresa) Nelson of Shingletown Ca, Jon Nelson of Oroville Ca, and his Daughter Susan (Bob) Utecht of Red Bluff .

Herb and Pat have 10 grandchildren: Keri Jimenez of Corning, Kelly Nelson of Redding, Kristopher Nelson of Red Bluff, Miranda Nugent of Redding, Michelle Patience of Shingletown, Blayne Gipson of Ogden,Utah, Jared Gipson of Red Bluff, Malcolm Utecht of Red Bluff, Elizabeth Utecht of Red Bluff and Kenny Utecht of Red Bluff.

Herb and Pat have 8 Great-Grandchildren.

He has 7 Nephews and 7 Nieces.

Herb was raised on Rose Hill in Kirkland Washington where he was a Boy Scout and graduated High School and was a participant in other local organizations and activities.

He graduated Whitman College with a Degree in Political Science. His graduate studies in Public Administration were interrupted by a World War II obligation to the U.S. Marine Corps. Capt. Herbert Nelson served in the South Pacific, he saw the heaviest action on Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan. He was seriously injured in Saipan shortly after hitting the beach. A mortar shell broke both of his legs and sustained other injuries. A Wind Talker got to him and took him back to the landing craft. He spent more than two years in hospitals recovering from his injuries.

Herb was the first City Manager of Red Bluff and had many highlights of his career here, some of which are: Red Bluff Sewage Water System, the building of the current City Hall Complex, Airport Industrial Park, Airport Runway Extension. Some of the more aesthetic contributions of the City include the planters and trees along Main Street, the white lights that are put up yearly for the Holiday season.

He was a member and past President of the Red Bluff Rotary Club, a long time member of the Elks Lodge and Wilcox Oaks Golf Course.

Herb and Pat loved to travel, golf and visiting and traveling with family.

Services will be held at a later date.
Published in Daily News on July 17, 2012
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