Samuel G. Nelson

Written by Theresa Rose on August 23, 2016

Samuel G. Nelson, 88, of rural Bonaparte passed away Monday morning August 22, 2016 at his home from esophageal cancer.  He was born November 9, 1927 to Samuel Roy and Sadie Mae Garrett Nelson on a farm west of Mt. Sterling.  The family moved to Stockport where he attended country school in Utica through seventh grade.  Then his family moved to Milton and he graduated in 1946 from Milton High School.  He served in the army for two years during the Korean War as a Corporal stationed in Germany on the Russian border.

Sam married Mary Fairchild on March 9, 1954 in Lancaster, MO.  They were married for 52 ½ years. She died September 6, 2006.  He lived in Harrisburg Township north of Bonaparte for the last 54 years.  He farmed, owned and ran a service station in Milton, drove a rendering truck, hauled coal, worked at the Army Ammunitions Plant, West Burlington, Barker Equipment Company, Keosauqua and Riverside Plastics, Bonaparte and drove a school bus for Harmony Schools.  Sam enjoyed playing Rummy cards and visiting with his grandchildren.

He is survived by eight children, Dennis Nelson, Maria Nelson and Curtis (Bonnie) Nelson all of Bonaparte, Mike Nelson of Danville, Marcia Nelson and Terri Nelson  of Des Moines, Brad Nelson of Kahoka, MO and Greg Nelson of Keokuk, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a brother, Pete Nelson of rural Farmington.  In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Randy Nelson, a grandson, Alex Nelson, a great-granddaughter, Verna Nelson, two sisters, Catherine Bickel and Madeline Eden and four brothers, Archie, LeRoy, Harold and Joe Dale Nelson.


Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday August 25, 2016 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with Pastor Mark Caston officiating.  Visitation will open at 3 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home with family present 5-7 P.M.  Burial will be in Vale Cemetery, north of Bonaparte with military honors by Sargeant-Osweiller Post No.563 American Legion, Bonaparte.  Memorials to Vale Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 31823 200th Street, Bonaparte, IA 52620.