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In Memoriam: John Ivar Nelson

01. June 2012

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John Ivar Nelson,

July 4, 1921–Jan. 13, 2012

(Westminster, Colo., RPC)

John was a loved and respected man who, with his dear wife, Marie, moved to Colorado in 2001 and joined our Westminster congregation. He was a gentle and caring person who lived a full life characterized by humble service to his family, community, and his Lord Jesus Christ. Due to his declining health, we did not get to fully learn what a rich life he led prior to moving to Colorado. However, much of these details are recounted below by Pastor David Coon, White Lake, N.Y., RPC.—John Duke, Westminster RPC

John grew up in Coldenham, N.Y., where he had many happy experiences and memories with farms, animals, tractors and cars.

John proudly served in the Air Force in WWII in England. He was a tail gunner in a B-17 bomber and had many harrowing experiences over Germany during the war. He knew that God had a continued purpose for his life after one particular experience. They were usually the lead plane on bombing missions. On this particular mission, they developed engine trouble and had to drop out, with the second-in-command taking the point. During the bomb run, that lead plane took a direct hit. John had peace after that experience because he knew the hand of God was upon his life, and he spent the rest of his life living up to that. Their two sons, Allan and Bruce, became active in the life of the Coldenham-Newburgh RPC. This in ...

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