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William Nelson


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
William Nelson Obituary
William Clayton (Bill) Nelson

October 24, 1924 - May 15, 2014

William Clayton (Bill) Nelson was born to Clayton and Caroline Nelson in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from high school there. He volunteered for the US Navy and served as a torpedoman on a destroyer in the Pacific until September 1945. After returning to the States, he graduated from the University of Oregon and married Barbara Happel, a nurse from Portland, OR. Bill took a job with the US National Bank and worked in Pendleton, Portland, and Seaside, OR. Three children were born to Bill and Barbara during this time and the family moved to Salem in 1969 for Bill to take a job as a loan officer with the Commercial Bank. He very much enjoyed visiting with his customers and counted many as friends. He was later promoted to Vice-President.

Bill was a member of the Salem Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. One of his many contributions was starting the Pizza by the Slice booth at the Salem Art Fair. Bill and family have been active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church for many years. As one of the early members of the The Salem Tennis and Swim Club, he enjoyed many rousing games of doubles with his tennis buddies.

Bill's sister, Bernice is deceased. His special cousin, John who lived with Bill's family, lives in Eugene. His three brothers-in-law, including Gene Cornforth of Lyons, OR, survive him.

Daughter Laurie and husband Mark live in Portland. Daughter Lynn lives in Seattle. Son Bill and wife Katie live in Salem. They are busy with work and families. Bill has seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two nieces, and two nephews.

You are invited to a celebration of Bill's life at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 30th, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Private Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Salem Kiwanis Club or Westminster Presbyterian Church to assist with their various ministries to the community would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.



Published in StatesmanJournal on May 21, 2014
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