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Clarence Nelms, 84 - March 25, 2009


Clarence Nelms, 84, of Gothenburg, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Gothenburg.
A register book signing was held Wednesday, March 25, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel at Gothenburg from 1-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at the First United Methodist Church.
Nelms was born on Nov. 20, 1924, at Alva, OK, son of Nealy L. and Eva May (Hall) Nelms.
He had an interest in agriculture and livestock from an early age, according to family members, and was active in 4-H and FFA, receiving the Colorado State Gardening Champion award. He graduated from Grand Junction High School.
Nelms served his country in the Navy for three and one-half years during World War II.
He was united in marriage to Mary Esther Joseph on Sept. 8, 1946, at Grand Junction, CO. The couple moved to Fort Collins where he attended and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in veterinary medicine.
Following graduation, he and his wife moved to Gothenburg where he worked as a veterinarian for 27 years.
Nelms purchased a farm north of Gothenburg in 1960 and began raising Black Angus cows. He was inducted into the Dawson County Cattleman Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was a member the Lions Club, 1978 president of the Stock growers, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, the Dawson County 4-H and 4-H Council, Tri-Trails Boy Scouts Council, the American Legion and VFW as well as a member of dance club and an officer of square dance club.
?Nelms was preceded in death by: a son, Gregory D. Nelms; brothers—Lawrence, Hugh and Gail; his parents, Nealy L. and Eva May.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Esther Nelms of Gothenburg; sons—Kenneth A Nelms of San Diego, CA, Larry E.(Georgia) Nelms of North Platte, and James L. Nelms of Gothenburg; a daughter, Celeste L. Nelms of Brady; brother, Bruce Nelms of Graham, WA; sisters—Ivena (Richard) Roush of Loveland, CO, and Wilma Lee Willmarth of Tucson, AZ; three sisters-in-law—Leah Nelms of Lamoni, IA, Elsie Nelms of Loveland, and Charlotte Nelms of Fitzgerald, GA; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gothenburg Senior Center and the First United Methodist Church
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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