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Rear Admiral Edward Nelson Jr.

Astoria, OR - Edward Nelson Jr. was born to Edward and Hildur Nelson of Worcester, Massachusetts (Quinsigamond Village). He died at his home in Astoria, Oregon, at the age of 87.

After graduating from South High School in Worcester in 1949, Nelson entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, graduating in 1953. As a cadet, he met his future wife, whom he married after graduation.

Admiral Nelson served more than 36 years in the Coast Guard. He retired as Commander, 17th Coast Guard District, responsible for the entire Alaskan region, and as the 11th Ancient Albatross – the longest serving aviator on active duty. Before that he was the 32nd Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1982-86. He had served as Chief of Officer Personnel in Washington, D.C.; Commanding Officer of Air Station Kodiak, AK; and Commanding Officer of Air Station Astoria, OR. His other assignments were in Juneau, AK; Norfolk, VA; Port Angeles, WA; New Orleans, LA; Argentia, Newfoundland; Salem, MA; Corpus Christi, TX; Pensacola, FL; and Wilmington, N.C.

After retirement, the couple settled in Astoria, OR, where Nelson served as a port commissioner, library board member, and a Board of Trustees member for Columbia Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. He also served on the national board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and started a local MOAA chapter.

Nelson is survived by Joyce Nelson, his wife of 64 years; three children, Edward Darrell Nelson and his wife, Sherry, of Sun City, AZ; Sandra Nelson and her spouse, Lizabeth Deichmeister, of Grand Junction, CO; and Keith Nelson of Lake Forest Park, WA; grandchildren: Cory Nelson and Andrew Nelson of Sturgis, S.D.; Zachariah Nelson and Gabriel Nelson of Lake Forest Park; a sister, Marilyn (Nelson) Anzivino, and her husband, Joe of Grafton, MA; sister-in-law Barbara Nelson of Osterville, MA; and four nieces and nephews and a great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Nelson, of Osterville.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Coast Guard Academy Chapel, New London, CT, at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, followed by his inurnment at the Academy Columbarium. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the USCG Academy Alumni Association (www.cgaalumni.org) Class of '53 Endowment Fund in his name.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from June 14 to June 17, 2018
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