Richard G. "Dick" NELSON Dick died on April 19th, 2012 in Bellevue, WA of complications from liver disease. He was 88 years old. Dick was born on January 11, 1924 to Oscar and Zula Kintigh Nelson in Omak, WA.He was preceded in death by three brothers: Royal, Warren and Lester. After graduation from Omak High School in 1942, he spent one semester at Washington State College before entering the Army Air Force. During his military service he was chosen for the Pre-Meteorology School at the University of California, Berkeley and the Air Force Communications School at Yale University. In 1945 he served as an Airways Communication officer in India and China. After WWII, he enrolled in the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1948. He continued his military career in the Washington State National Guard and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1963. Dick married Susan Margaret Featherstone in September, 1947. He is survived by his wife and seven children: Nancy (Dan Fender), Nora (Steve Graebner), Richard Jr. (Clara), Nina (Bradley Egerstrom), Eric (Christine), Natalie (Brian Delbrueck) and Nanette (Bob Hall) and eleven grandchildren. Dick's happiest days were spent with his family on a sail boat in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands in Canada. In addition to sailing, he loved to go trout fishing in Eastern Washington with his children and grandchildren. Dick was an engineer at Boeing for 20 years. From 1963 to 1966 he was Reliability and Safety Manager for the Saturn V booster program in Huntsville, AL. In 1971, he started Nelson Financial Services, an investment advisory and financial planning company in Bellevue. His wife, Susan, worked with him for the next 39 years before they retired in 2010. Dick was a man of many talents, including music. He played the piano and loved to sing and dance. He was a past president of the Swedish Cultural Center. He observed that he was the only Norwegian to hold that honor. He was a Life Member of the Seattle Yacht Club and a member of the Bellevue First Congregational Church. For the past eight years he resided, with his wife, at the Pacific Regent in Bellevue. During that time he started a hummingbird program. He installed hummingbird feeders in the Pacific Regent rose garden and encouraged residents to put up feeders outside their suites. At one time, he counted twenty feeders around the building. It gave him great pleasure to watch the behavior of each individual bird. The family would like to give special recognition to the staff of the Terrace at the Gardens at Town Square in Bellevue for their compassionate care of Dick during his final months of life.At his request there will be no public memorial service. A family gathering will be held this summer in the San Juan Islands. If you would like to honor Dick, the family suggests you put up a hummingbird feeder in his memory.
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Published in The Seattle Times on April 29, 2012