Dick Nelson Richard Charles Nelson of Austin, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2012 at the age of 80. Born on January 31, 1932 to Glenn Nelson and Agnes Smith, in Jamestown, New York, Dick obtained a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. After college, he worked in his early career as a professional photographer for Kodak, Curtis Publishing, and Boeing before becoming a realtor. He moved from New York to Texas in 1976. He was an avid reader, loved to learn, and engage others in debate about a wide variety of topics. An ardent collector, he regularly visited garage sales looking for his next treasure. Fishing and hunting were hobbies he enjoyed from his childhood. He enjoyed tinkering with and inventing new things, such as a homemade pontoon device so that his canoe would remain stable even when he was standing up. He stayed busy in retirement attending many groups, clubs, and societies, including the Herb Society, Bamboo Society, Computer Club, AAII, Story Tellers, Sisters in Crime, the Gem and Mineral Society, and church groups. He was a kind and caring man. He remained very active until contracting Leukemia this past December. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Connie, who died in 1993, and his sister, Glenda Javid. He is survived by his three children, Christine, Glenn, and Rick. He is also survived by a niece, nephew, 9 grandchildren, and many other extended family members and friends. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012 between 6 P.M. and 8 P.M., and the funeral will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10 AM. Both services will be held at the Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home located at: 6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749. The funeral home's phone number is 512.892.1172. Burial will follow immediately after the funeral on the funeral home grounds. Well wishes and other notes sharing a memory of Dick can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be gathered, and provided to his family.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 8, 2012