James David Nelson, Jr., age 88 of Manhattan, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 in the Sloan House at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.
He was born on February 24, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of James David, Sr. and Beatrice Olive (Bishop) Nelson. He was a member of U.S. Army and served in Korea and Vietnam. Following his military career, he was a handyman, doing all sorts of carpentry and other things people needed help with. He was a member of the American Legion and loved doing craft work.
He is survived by one daughter, Theresa Gibson of Manhattan; one brother, Richard Nelson of Manhattan; five grandchildren and spouses; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a niece, Susan Gibson and Richard; a great nephew, Ron Abbott and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pauline Manning and Jean Abbott and one brother, Frank Nelson.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Highland Cemetery in Wakefield with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
A memorial may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.