Ward Stanley Nelson, 85 years of age, of rural Wilcox, Nebraska

Funeral Services for Ward S. Nelson will be conducted from the Fridhem Lutheran Church in Funk, Nebraska on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Darrel Wissmann officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege, Nebraska with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #377 of Wilcox in conjunction with the United States Army Military Honors Team.

Ward Stanley Nelson, 85 years of age, of rural Wilcox, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Christian Homes Care Community at Holdrege. Ward was born December 19, 1927 on the family farm, south of Axtell in Kearney County, Nebraska, the second of four children born to Stanley and Eva (Matson) Nelson. He was baptized on April 29, 1928 by Pastor Frank Edwards. Ward received his primary education at the District #15 rural school in Phelps County through the eighth grade and then graduated from the Wilcox High School with the class of 1945.

Following his education, Ward was inducted into the United States Army on June 12, 1951 and took his basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas and was then stationed in Tokyo in Special Services until his honorable discharge as Corporal on May 19, 1953.

On August 13, 1950 he was united in marriage to RoJean E. Jesse at the St. John's Lutheran Church south of Wilcox and to this union two sons were born: Kevin and Kirk. They lived in the Wilcox rural area all their married life. He farmed his entire life, which he loved and was his true passion in life. Ward was so proud his two sons took over the farming.

He served on the Wilcox School Board, Wilcox CO-OP Board and the Fridhem Church Board. For several years he also enjoyed bowling. His retirement years he spent a great deal of time on the computer sending emails to many friends. Ward was a member of the Wilcox American Legion Post #377 and the V.F.W. of Hildreth. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge in Holdrege for many years, member of the Wilcox Lions Club for 50 years and was very active in the Lions including serving as District Governor from 1969 – 1970. He and RoJean attended many International Lions Conventions including a trip to Tokyo in 1969, when their sons were able to accompany them. Ward also held many offices in the local and State Lions.

Most of all, Ward loved to attend his grandchildren's school activities and was so very proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James Nelson in infancy and Dale Nelson; one sister, Bonnie Collison; sisters-in-law: Idella and Winnie Nelson; brothers-in-law: Jim Collison, Gary Heimsoth and Delbert Davisson.

He is survived by his wife, RoJean; two sons: Kevin Nelson and Kirk Nelson and his wife, Christy all of Wilcox; four grandchildren: Heather Hohlfeld and her husband, Adam of Holdrege, Jenessa Keiser and her husband, Beau of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Matthew and Michael Nelson of Wilcox; great-granddaughter, Ava Hohlfeld; sisters-in-law: Mariann Davisson of Franklin, Nebraska, Marilyn Heimsoth of Omaha, Augusta Johnsen and her husband, Dale of Wilcox, Betty Hunt and her husband, Ron of Hildreth and Barbara Sanders and her husband, Leon of Columbus, Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Ward's honor and will be designated at a later.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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