DAVID P. NELSON, 73, of Ogallala, NE, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant.
David was born December 10, 1947, at Ogallala, Nebraska, to Raymond and Margaret (Christensen) Nelson. He attended school at District 7 through the eighth grade and then graduated from Ogallala High School in 1966. He returned to District 7 in his adult years to serve on the School Board, eventually as President. Working with his dad and brothers on the family farm was Davids' lifetime vocation except for the time he served in the US Army during Vietnam; he was honorably discharged in 1972.
On May 17, 1969, David married Betty Mord at the Berean Church in Ogallala. Following his Army service, they made their home south of Ogallala, where they farmed and raised their three children, Matt, Sara, and Adam.
David had farming in his blood, with faith & family in his heart. His faith in Jesus carried him through life's many obstacles and served as his footing and consolation. He had participated in church mission trips to Poland for nearly 20 years. David was an active member of New Hope Church, where he was on the Church Board, taught Sunday School, and involved in Bible Study. David was ardently pro-life and sought to help the cause of life where possible through his work on the Ogallala Women's Resource Board.
David enjoyed listening to Christian music and loved to share a good song with others. His family was always close to his heart, and he loved spending time with them.
David was preceded in death by an infant son, Paul David, his parents; brothers, Norman Nelson and Ray (Donna) Nelson.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Ogallala; children, Matthew Nelson, of Ogallala, Sara (Jason) Kirkpatrick, of Grant, Adam (Megan) Nelson, of Amherst, WI; Grandchildren, Geoffrey, Kathryn, David, Alex,(Kortnie) Andrew, Johnathan, Meredy, Aiden, Pearl, Levi, Timothy, Isaac and Jasper; siblings, Robert (Joan) Nelson; Don Nelson; sister-in-law, Nettie Fae; his special service dog, Kiya; along with many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Ogallala Women's Resource Center or Poland Missions through New Hope Church of Ogallala.
Memorial services will be on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at New Hope Church in Ogallala, with Pastor Eric Wait officiating. No inurnment is planned.
Memorial book signing will be on Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.