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Ernest A. Nelson

July 9, 1931 - August 5, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date August 13, 2021

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Friday August 13, 2021 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Final burial will follow services at Gilliland Cemetery. Lunch at Sweet Home VETS Club will follow burial.

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Ernest A. Nelson
July 9, 1931 – August 5, 2021
Ernest A. Nelson, 90, of Sweet Home passed away Thursday August 5th. He was born in Walsh County, North Dakota to Charlie and Hannah (Nelson) Nelson.

He joined the United States Army and served from 1952 – 1954. He served in Korea and received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Korean Service Medal, W/2 Bronze Campaign Stars, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Ernest lived in North Dakota before moving to Mentor Minnesota, finally moving to Oregon with his family in 1968.

At the age of 12 (1943) he worked in Potato fields and for a sugar company before joining the Army. He was a farmer in North Dakota where he raised his own cattle. When he moved to Oregon he worked for Willamette Industries Sweet Home division before retiring after 20 years.

He enjoyed splitting wood, playing pool, playing cards, raising pigs and chickens. He loved being with his family.

Ernest is survived by his daughters: Connie (Will) Moyer of Sweet Home, Bonnie (David) Mason of Estacada, Rhonda (Rich) Nelson of Terrebone, Wanda (Blake) Nelson of Coos Bay; sons: Eugene Nelson, Vern (Linda) Nelson all of Sweet Home; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; caregivers: Chelsie, Molly, Stephanie and Corrinne.

He was preceded in death by his wife June Nelson in 2016; son Wayne Nelson in 2017; son-in-law Lance Mason in 2015; father Charlie Nelson; mother Hannah Nelson.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Friday August 13, 2021 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Final burial will follow services at Gilliland Cemetery. Lunch at Sweet Home VETS Club will follow burial.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com