Erling Nelson

  • "A late message from cuz Steve Hill. Erling we met just once..."
    - steve hill
  • "Almost a year later, reading these entries while difficult,..."
    - Naomi Nelson
  • "Erling was part of the Wasilla basketball team in 1959 when..."
    - John Borg
  • " A Treasure has passed. Erling..."
    - James VICKARYOUS
  • "May the "peace of God"(Philipians 4:6,7) be yours as you..."
    - L. Jackson

Wasilla resident, Erling Peter Nelson, age 69, passed away at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska due to heart failure on January 17, 2012.

A Memorial Service commemorating Erling's life will be held 3 p.m., January 28, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla - 1375 E. Bogard Rd. Guests are invited to stay for a reception immediately following the service. Erling's ashes will be scattered at Snowbird Mine in Hatcher's Pass, AK.

Erling was born on March 22, 1942 in Palmer, Alaska son of Nils and Dorothy (Hill) Nelson.

Erling attended elementary, middle, and high school in Wasilla, Alaska. He later earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and also served his country in the United States Army. In 1976 he began his employment with the City of Wasilla as a city clerk and later served as the Finance Director for 24 years, retiring in 2000. Erling actively volunteered in his community including: Wasilla Volunteer Fire Department, Little Dippers, Little League, and Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry. He also enjoyed volunteering his time and talents to the projects of friends and family. Erling was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla and a Board Member & Treasurer for Wasilla-Knik Historical Society. He was a lifelong Alaskan with a love of state and local history, an avid fan of local and regional basketball, and enjoyed restoration of historic vehicles. Erling was a caring father to six children and was a busy grandfather to his 13 grandchildren, and traveled frequently to the Lower-48 to spend time with family and friends.

Erling is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Allayne & Gene Dinkel; and by his children: Michelle Kirkham, Robert Nelson, Steven Nelson, Judy Nelson, Pamela Nelson, and Naomi Nelson. He is also survived by his many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. We miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Wasilla-Knik Historical Society, 300 N. Boundary Street, Wasilla, AK. 99654


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2012
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