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Richard "Dick" Nelson, 78 of Anacortes, passed away January 21, 2021 at home. He was born in Bellingham, Washington to parents: Elmer N. "Lank" and Marguerite "Peggy" (Vanderhoof) Nelson. Dick grew up on a small five-acre subsistence farm in Whatcom County. His father was a crew member on a fishing vessel that headed north to Alaska from May to September. That left Dick, the oldest son to take on a lot of responsibility at an early age. Through this role, he learned about hard work, dependability and perseverance.

Dick married Linda Culver, a young girl, he met when he was only 15. They started dating in college and in 1963 they were married. That same year he started working at Weldcraft Steel Works, a shipyard in Bellingham. Dick continued to work in that trade and in 1966, they welcomed a son, Michael. Dick worked long hours and his supervisor noticed his drive and work ethic. He asked Dick to go into business with him and Post Point Shipyard was founded. When it was sold, Dick co-founded Dakota Creek Industries in Blaine. In 1977, Dakota Creek moved to Anacortes, which allowed the company to expand and thrive.

Dick was inventive, a visionary and most of all, dedicated to his employees and his family. He is truly missed by all. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda; his son Michael (Laifong); grandson, Clifford; brothers: Bob and Gary (Ruth); sister-in-law, Diana (Jerry Bakkom); brother-in-law, Larry (Ginny) Culver and many special nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 102-year-old, mother-in-law, Dorothie Culver.

The family wishes to thank the community, friends, neighbors and Dakota Creek employees for their outpouring of love, prayers, food, flowers and the special tributes that they have arranged, in honor of Dick. Due to the family's concern for the safety of others, funeral services for Dick Nelson will be private.

Donations in Dick's memory may be made to Anacortes Family Center, 2702 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221; or to Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

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Published in Anacortes American and Skagit Valley Herald from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2021.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
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April 25, 2021
My sincere condolences are saddened by the lost of such a great man to call my friend! The Valley lost a incredible partner in everything he was associated with! RIP Dick Nelson! The Valley was a better place with your touch!
Greg Hinton
March 9, 2021
Dick will really be missed. I can imagine the void he leaves behind.
Cliff Hill
January 30, 2021
Dear Linda,
This is such a sad surprise. I have fond memories of our Bellingham days together with your family. Len & Dick are probably reminiscing their friendship, their working together, and the fun we all had. One of my favorite memories is sledding at the 8 acres on snowy days. The Halloween parties in your garage were always so much fun too. Dick was always welcoming, kind, fair, respected, and cared about the people he worked with as well as his family. He leaves a legacy to be admired and will be remembered as a person of integrity. May God bless you with strength, comfort, and peace as you endure these days.
Love and hugs,
Joanne Montague
January 30, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
He was so good to me when I worked for him. Helped me through some really dark days
I will forever be grateful
Paula Helton
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