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Ralph Nelson

Died: Mon., Jul. 25, 2011

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POCATELLO - Ralph Verland Nelson, 84, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away at is home Monday, July 25, 2011.

Ralph was born in Pocatello, Idaho, September 22, 1926 to Waldmar Ernest and Mary Ellen Stuart Nelson. Ralph and his twin brother Ron was the youngest of seven children. He married his childgood sweetheart and the love of his life, Patsy ruth Mingo, on November 25, 1944.

Growing up, Ralph worked alongside his father, where he learned the skilled trade of carpentry. Ralph became a successful carpenter and built hundreds of homes in the Pocatello area. Ralph also served 2 years in the Navy during WWII.

Ralph and Patsy were blessed with ten children. Terry Nielsen (Doug), Stewart Nelson (Cindy), Rose Mary Johnson (Robert), Ron Nelson (Betty), Bonnie Weaver (Richard) Patti Armstrong (Rick), JoAnn Briscoe (Terry), Craig Nelson, Vera Clark (Kendall), Jan Hill (Dennis). They have 42 grandchildren and 97 great-grandchildren.

Ralph loved his family which has always been his pride and joy. He loved to ride horses, camp, fish, sleigh riding, motorbike rides, hunting, watering his grass and take winter trips to Yuma where he would often make gifts for his children.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, sibling, and three children, Craig, JoAnne and Terry.

Ralph is also survived by his sister, Betty Paige.

A special thanks to sister-in-law Louise Mingo and all the wonderful caregivers that have provided love and care for our parents. We love you.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Chubbuck LDS Stake Center on the corner of Stuart and James in Chubbuck. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Stake Center and also one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.

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Sandra Lemmon Orton
   Posted Wed July 27, 2011
To the family of Ralph Nelson, I am sending my condolences from the Orton family. Ralph and Patsy have been good friends for many years and Ralph will be missed by all. Our very best to all the family, SANDRA Lemmon and KENNETH ORTON ( who is in Safe Haven, Pocatell with Alzhiemer's)

RaeShannon Cordell
   Posted Sat July 30, 2011
Although I did not know Ralph for as many years as many were blessed too, he touched my heart in so many positive ways. He showed me how to make the best of any given situation, how to love with all my heart, to see what a man saw through his eyes of true unconditional love for his wife Patsy, how important it is to water,water,water your yard ; ), not to wait to get something done and do it right the first time, how important having and keeping the Lord in your heart and home is, how hitting the keys on an organ to make music that will help bring you up on a bad day, that there is always time for a hug and kiss for everyone in your heart, and how precious the smallest of moments will be a great memory that nobody can ever take away from you! I miss his smile, laugh and the music he played from his heart so much already, but I know the absence from all this is being shared with all his loved ones he has missed over the years that he has now reunited with. Like I said previously, he taught me to keep my memories and relive them every chance I got, and that's just what I will do with so many happy ones to cherish. Much love to you Ralph, and all of your wonderful family that you unselfishly shared with me. All of you will always have a warm spot in my heart.

Danny and Joyce Stuart
   Posted Sat July 30, 2011
We are very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. He was a wonderful man. We just found out today Saturday and we are not able to get there in time as we are in Meridian. Danny and Joyce Stuart

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