Eugene W. Nelson
July 6, 2019
Eugene W. Nelson, age 98 of Orland, Calif., (and formerly of Benson, Ariz., 1972-2005 and Tucson 1966-1972) passed away July 6, 2019 in Chico, Calif.
Eugene was born Oct. 30, 1920 in West Plains, Mo., to parents Jens Jacobson Nelson and Mazie Belle Wolf. He proudly served as a Captain in the Army Air Corps during WW2.
On June 7, 1958, he married Ruth M. (Coleman) Nelson. They had 50 wonderful years of marriage before Ruth’s passing in 2008. Eugene spent much of his life as a missionary. One of his greatest highlights was his New Tribes Mission (Ethnos 360) assignment in Thailand.Through the years he worked for the Civil Service at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Along with his missionary work, Eugene had many great passions. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing. He would sing often at the WestHaven Care Home in Orland.
Eugene is survived by his daughters: Joy West (Daniel West) of Lisbon, Portugal, and Rachel Wenger (Dwayne Wenger) of Morgantown, Pa; son: John Nelson (Kay Nelson) of Orland, Calif.; grandchildren: Jason, Alisha, John Jr., Charity, Emily, Jeremy, Grant; and six great-grandchildren.
The memorial service was held July 12 at the Country Bible Church in Capay, Calif.,, and his graveside service was at the Igo Veterans Cemetery (near Redding, Calif).