Ronald Nelson

Ronald Marshall Nelson

June 21, 1929 — July 26, 2014

Our dad, Ron Nelson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 26, 2014 in La Conner, Wash.

Dad was born in Seattle, Wash. on June 21, 1929, the only child of Alice Gertrude (King) and Angus Johannes (Joe) Nelson. Dad grew up in Friday Harbor, Wash., on San Juan Island, and graduated from Central Washington University in economics. While there he met our mom, Flossie Mitchell, his wife of 59 years, who preceded him in death.

Dad, who served in the Korean War, retired from the US Naval Aviation as a commander after 21 years in the reserves and retired from Boeing after 29 years in finance. After retirement Dad spent 10 seasons gill-netting in Alaska. Dad and mom traveled and spent winters in Arizona.

Dad is survived by his children, Cheryl, Craig (Abbie), Kathy (Roger), Ron (Colleen); nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, for whom he was a great model of hard work and integrity. Thanks for everything, dad.

A Celebration of Life will be held Aug. 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Shelter Bay Club House, in La Conner, Wash.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Anacortes, and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Ron, please sign the online guest register at

— Family of Ronald Nelson