Merle Ivan Nelson, 90 years of age, of Beatrice, passed away September 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born 3 miles south of Firth, on July 21, 1924 to Ace and Ruby (Applebee) Nelson. Merle grew up in Beatrice and was a janitor at Lincoln Elementary for many years. He enjoyed fishing, exercising at the YMCA where he belonged to the Silver Sneakers, gardening, genealogy, Husker football and especially loved his Cherry Pockets at Sunrise Bakery.
Merle is survived by 2 nephews, Kenneth Nelson and wife Louisa of Junction City, Kansas, Lester Nelson of Kearney; niece, Karen Nelson of Kearney; and many great and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lester Nelson; and sister-in-law, Gerenia (Novotny) Nelson.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasantview Cemetery near Pickrell. Visitation will be held at Harman-Wright Mortuary Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left online at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com. Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice is in charge of arrangements.
September 26, 2014
Harman-Wright Mortuary & Crematory
623 Elk Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
September 27, 2014
Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel (BEATRICE)
623 Elk Street
Beatrice, Nebraska 68310