Ralph E. Nelson Jr., 92

Ralph E. Nelson Jr.

Ralph E. Nelson Jr.

LEWISTON — Ralph E. Nelson Jr., 92, of Lewiston, passed away at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion surrounded by family on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

He was born in Bath on July 9, 1923, son of the late Ralph and Florence Mullen Nelson. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1941.

Upon graduating, he started working at Bates Fabrics in Lewiston before enlisting in the Army and serving in World War II. He finished out his 39 years of service in the Army Reserves. He also remained at Bates Fabrics, retiring after 47 years. He came out of retirement just a few months later to become a bus driver for Hudson Bus Lines. He spent 23 years at Hudson making sure the kids got dropped off right at the door on rainy days.

He enjoyed puttering, camping, gardening, farming and watching old Western movies.

He especially loved spending time at his camp in Naples, completing crossword puzzles, his grand dogs and family gatherings.

He is survived by his two daughters, Shirley A. Grady of Lewiston and Donna L. Goulet of Lewiston; three sons, Donald A. Nelson of Farmington, Richard P. Nelson of Lewiston and Randall A. Nelson of Lewiston; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Pauline R. Nelson; three sons, John F. Emerson, Thomas A. Emerson and Kenneth E. Nelson; three brothers and a sister.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Ralph’s life by visiting his guest book at www.dignitymemorial.com/the-fortin-group-auburn

Visiting hours were held on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Fortin Group/Auburn. A celebration of life was held on Monday, Nov. 9, with committal and full military honors following at Gracelawn.

Donations in Ralph’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Services Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.

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