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Richard Nelson, 71 - July 17, 2017

Richard “Rick” C. Nelson, 71, of Milford, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by family members.
Services took place on Saturday, July 22, at Calvary Community Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Cleve Smith officiating. Interment with military services was conducted at Blue Mound Cemetery at Milford.
Nelson was born June 21, 1946, at Gothenburg to P. Marcella (Albright) and Evald A. Nelson, the second of five children, growing up on a farm north of Gothenburg.
He attended Tallin Table Country School near Arnold and graduated from Gothenburg High School with the Class of 1964.
Nelson started college at Kearney State, attending until he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corp in 1968 during Vietnam. Completing his service in 1970, he returned to the Kearney area and began his employment at West Company Factory in Kearney. He later completed his college education, obtaining a degree in geography from Kearney State College.
He was united in marriage to Linda Wuehler on April 4, 1971, at Amherst. To this union, two daughters were born. The couple began their married life at Glenwood.
Nelson was employed with Hogemeyer Seed Company as a district representative for their dealers. He worked for more than 25 years with the State of Nebraska Job Service Department. During his working career, he and his family moved across the State of Nebraska, living in several communities including, McCook, North Platte, Hershey, Lexington, Nebraska City, Waverly, Eagle, Lincoln, and most recently Milford.
Upon his retirement from the Job Service, he later accepted a position with the Federal Labor Department/Department of Veterans Affairs. He enjoyed assisting veterans as they returned from deployment with getting back into the job field and their family lives, according to family members. He then retired in 2007 due to health reasons.
?He had enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, and over the years, loved to collect and restore classic vehicles, the family said. He also loved classic country music and frequently was found playing his guitar. He loved all animals, especially his two dogs. He loved traveling, taking his family on vacations, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and children, especially taking his grandchildren to NASCAR races.
Nelson was baptized with his daughters on April 12, 1990. He was a member of the Calvary Community Church of Lincoln. He also belonged to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Evald and Marcella; a sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Roger Nichols.
Survivors include: his wife, Linda of Milford; his daughters and sons-in-law—Angie Nelson and Chad Berlowitz of Valparaiso, and Kim and Zach Zegers of Milford; five grandchildren—Dylan Berlowitz, Ethan, Ashlynn, Quinn and Teagan Zegers; sisters and brother-in-law—Sheryl Aksamit of Ralston, Debra and Don Held of Billings, MT, and Kathy and Bill Unick of Scottsbluff, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law—Jeanie and John Nickel and Jackie and Ron Trampe, all of Elm Creek, Alvin Wuehler of Seattle, WA, Cindy and Tim Moninger of Shelton, and Johnny Wuehler of Amherst; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.