SIDNEY - Dr. Herbert Cecil Quinten Nelson, 91, passed away at the Sidney Regional Medical Center Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. He courageously fought a long, hard battle against lung disease.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 in the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Dixie Voss Anders officiating. Military graveside honors will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
You may view Dr. Nelson's Book of Memories and leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service LLC is in charge of the arrangements.
Herb was the ninth of twelve children born to Edward M. and Verda J. (Glassburn) Nelson. All the children were born on the farm homestead in south-west Cheyenne County, Neb. He attended a one-room school through the ninth grade before finishing high school in Sidney. He graduated with the Class of 1939. The following September he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked near Bridgeport. It was here that he met a young lady named Dorothy Roberts.
In September 1941, he enrolled in college at Chadron State. He pursued pre-med courses. After completing one year at Chadron, he still carried the flame for Dorothy. They eloped in July 1942 and married. Soon, in August of 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was a dental lab technician assigned to the Medical Detachment of Support Services Command at Fort F.E. Warren, Wyo. Dorothy worked at the military installation in Cheyenne, Wyo.
After the war, Herb enrolled in studies at the University of Nebraska. He and Dorothy now had three sons. With the help of the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in June 1952. With the assistance of his brother Arleigh, the family moved back to Sidney where he began his dental practice. He loved his chosen work and made it last fifty years.
Herb led a distinguished life of service to his family and community. He and Dorothy joined the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a 50-year member of the church's choir. Herb was a Boy Scout Cub Master, a member of the Sidney Public School Board for twelve years, a member of the Board of the Educational Service Unit #14, and was appointed to serve on the Board of Western Nebraska Community College. He sang with the Fort Sidney Colonels. Herb was president of the Western District Dental Association and the Nebraska Dental Association. He was inducted into the Nebraska Dental Association Hall of Fame, and the International College of Dentists. Herb was Past-President of the Sidney Chapter of Rotary International. Governor Johanns appointed him an "Admiral in the Navy of the Great State of Nebraska."
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Dorothy, his sons, Lyndell "Swede" (and special friend Marcia White), Laurence (Cheryl), and Gayle (Angie). In addition there are seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Siblings, Wilfred (Dorothy M.), Arleigh (Aurleen) and Irma Vanover also survive him, as do numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Herb in death were his parents, Edward and Verda Nelson, brothers, Maurice, Allan, Lewellen, Delbert, Laverne, Eugene, Wayne, and sister Cressie.