W.R. Nelson

Friday, February 1, 2002

W.R. "Russell" Nelson, 91, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center.

Friends may call Friday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo. A Masonic service will be held at 7.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel Hale will officiate.

Mr. Nelson was born Aug. 1, 1910, at Newark, Mo., son of Fredrick L. and Mary V. Whitbread Nelson. He and Hazel P. Hendrix were united in marriage Nov. 2, 1929, at Fredericktown, Mo. Mrs. Nelson passed away Aug. 14, 1978.

Their only child, W.R. "Dub" Nelson Jr., passed away in 1965. Four brothers and three sisters also preceded him in death.

Loving survivors include a grandson, W.R. "Rusty" Nelson III and his wife, Valerie, of Jackson; a granddaughter, Cindy Ingram of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Louise Propst of Cape Girardeau; two great-grandchildren, Dustin and Danielle Ingram of Cape Girardeau.

In 1945 the Nelsons established Nelson Farm Produce and Supplies at Millersville, Mo. In 1952 Mr. Nelson was appointed as Millersville postmaster and Mrs. Nelson assisted him until her death in 1978. He retired from the postal service in 1990. He later closed the store in 1996.

Mr. Nelson was a charter member of Millersville United Methodist Church. He was also a member of West-View Masonic Lodge at Millersville, where he was a past worshipful master and former lodge secretary many years. He had also been awarded a 50-year pin from the lodge in 1998, and was a member of Order of Eastern Star at Millersville.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Millersville Masonic Lodge.