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Rawlan "Tank" Nelson

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Rawlan  "Tank" Nelson Obituary
Rawlan "Tank" Nelson passed away on January 27, 2011, in San Luis Obispo, California, after battling a long illness. He was born on November 11, 1932, in San Pedro, California, the youngest of three children, to Ludvig "The Chief" and Inez Nelson. He was raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1951. Soon after graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy. In 1955, he married Nola Louise Engh, and they had four children together, Sally, Polly, Kelly, and Peggy. On October 30, 1982, he lost his first love, Nola in a tragic accident. He married Terry Crowe in 1983. Tank was a longshoreman by trade and did this most of his life, but the real joys in his life were his side jobs: toy inventor, movie critic, newspaper columnist, talk-radio personality, and author. He was very proud of the articles written about him by the L.A. Times and his friend, columnist, Al Martinez. He also appeared on the Today show, the Joan Rivers show, and the Dennis Miller show as the longshoreman-turned-movie-critic. Tank has lived in Morro Bay, California, since 2000 and loved the beautiful scenery and wonderful people there. He loved having visitors, and had many, so he could show them the natural beauty on the central coast of California. He is survived by his wife, Terry, and his four children, Sally (Kent) Johnson, Polly (Dan Moser) Nelson, Kelly (Susan) Nelson, and Peggy (Mike Clements) Nelson; his seven grandchildren, Cliff, Bryan, Colby, Sadie, Clayton, Kaycee, and Taylor; and five great-grandchildren, Elvis, Jack, Carter, Kennedy, and Charlie; his five stepchildren, Peggy, Laurie, Curtis, Rhett, and Catherine; his brother, Harry (Duffy) Nelson; and many affectionate in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nola; and his sister, Lillian (Bill) Wurzer. Per Tank's request, there will be no funeral. Instead, he would like all of you to live your lives to the fullest, don't blame and don't complain, and--above all--to always Laugh Lots! Instead of sending flowers, please consider taking a loved one out to lunch. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 2, 2011
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