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Henry James Nelson, Sr.

August 10, 1940 March 24, 2021
Henry James Nelson, Sr.
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Henry J. Nelson, Sr. was born on August 10, 1940 in Rose City, Michigan to Victor and Treva (Washburn) Nelson. As a youth, Henry realized that formal education was not for him. He decided to leave high school and join the United States Air Force.

He would serve in the military from September 23, 1957-May 20th of 1964. During this time he would learn many skills and when honorably discharged, he remained proud of his military service.After the service, Henry had the opportunity to visit Oregon and he fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.

He would reside in the Willamette Valley since the mid 60’s where he would raise his family. Henry would marry Susan Szczepanek and they were blessed with 6 boys and 1 girl. Although, they would later divorce they would stay friends over the years. Besides the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Henry loved Oregon for all the opportunities to hunt, fish and trap.

He enjoyed the outdoors and passed that love on to his children. Not only did he pass down his hobbies, but he would also pass down many of his trade skills that he had learned as a welder. Henry was generous with sharing his passions and knowledge.

He was a devoted father, grandfather and friend to many.  He was generous in his willingness to help his family and always enjoyed  a day on the river- time together was always most important.

Henry passed away at age 80, on March 24, 2021 at his home in Scio, Oregon surrounded by family.

His legacy lives on in his family and the memories they share.He was preceded in death by both of his parents; brother, Victor; two sisters, Letha and Donna; in addition to his son, Terry Nelson.

Henry is survived by his children, Heath Nelson, Henry Nelson, Jr., Daniel Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Earl Evans and Denise Humphreys; 21 grandchildren and  great grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will take place at a later date

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