In memory of

Sidney Nelson

August 28, 1932 - August 31, 2021
From: Lake View, IA
Sidney Nelson

Sidney Nelson

Born: August 28, 1932
Died: August 31, 2021
Age: 89
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   Sidney Nelson, age 89 of Wall Lake, IA, formerly of Lake View, IA, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake. 
   Sidney Hershal Nelson was born on August 28, 1932, to parents Sidney O. and Sophia (Theodorf) Nelson on a farm near Odebolt, IA.  He attended #7 Country School and then graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1950. After high school, Sid worked in Lake View for the Department of Natural Resources for two years before entering the United States Air Force in January of 1952.
   Sid took basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.  His first assignment was in October of 1952 with the 33rd Bomb Squadron working on B-47’s at March Air Force Base in California.  He then transferred to Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE, where he worked with the 34th Refueling Squadron on KC135’s taking several Temporary Duty Assignments to Alaska, Spain, Greenland, and the Azores.  In 1964, Sid was ordered to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam during the Vietnam War with the 3902nd Squadron.  He was working on B-52’s by then and had been promoted to Master Sergeant.  In 1968, he was sent to Dow Air Force Base in Maine to close out the Base.  In 1969, he was sent to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier, LA, for his last assignment.  Master Sergeant Sidney H. Nelson retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for twenty years in 1972. 
   On June 29, 1952, Sid married the love of his life, Doris Tollie Freese.  This union was blessed with four children: Renee, Royce, Rendee, and Rajean. The three oldest children were born in California while Sid was stationed there, and Rajean was born closer to “home” in Omaha, NE, before they all moved to Guam.
   Sid, also known as Junior, was an avid fisherman.  When he retired from the military, he ran Nelson's Bait Shop in Lake View where he also sold furs. He made several fishing trips to Minnesota and Okoboji to the condo and knew where all of the good fishing spots were along his route.  When traveling, Jr. would keep track of his special spots on his atlas and maps so he’d never forget!  He also rarely went fishing alone.  Sid always had a pack of grandchildren with him, teaching and telling them all the “whopper” fish tales.   When he wasn’t fishing, Jr. enjoyed watching his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, going gambling, and reading his atlas and maps.  Sid was the best grandpa and cherished his time spent with his grandchildren and family. 
   Sid was very proud to be a contributor to medical research for Parkinson’s Disease from which he suffered. Through the Mayo Clinic and in conjunction with the U.S. Government, he participated in a study they were conducting on soldiers and veterans on how their exposure of Agent Orange contributed to their disease. Dad was the first person at Mayo to receive 4 leads in the brain during Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. It truly extended his life and for that we are grateful.
    Sid was an amazing man who will be missed dearly by all those that knew and loved him.
   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Doris (Dot) Nelson of Wall Lake, IA; children: Renee (Bob) Renze of Lake View, IA, Royce (Mellanie) Nelson of Sac City, IA, Rendee Wallace of Odebolt, IA, Rajean Koessel of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Rob Renze (Heidi Henschen) of Lake View, IA, Ryan (Jacque) Renze of Lake View, IA, Ross (Sara) Renze of Auburn, IA, Jesse (Katie) Nelson of Madison, WI, Jennie Nelson of Madison, WI, Justine (Mitch) Decker of Cherokee, IA, Jacob Nelson of Altoona, IA, Kristina (Larry) Boysen of Ida Grove, IA, Angela Wallace (Taylor Ironshell) of Odebolt, IA, Karissa Koessel and Kristopher Koessel of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchildren: Quinn, Olivia, Tyler, Jax, Ryker, Reagan, Jadyn, Jorrden, Jaxston, Emmet, Sylvie, Mason, Maddox, Temperance, Ella, and Eli; sister Carol Skarin of Sac City, IA; several extended family members, and numerous friends. 
   Sid was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Jeffrey Renze; sons-in-law Bill Wallace Jr. and Dave Koessel; brothers Emory and Dean Nelson; sisters Bonnie (Ralph) Boerner, Gloria (Leonard) Goyer, and Joyce (Jim) Matre; and brother-in-law Robert Skarin.
10:30 a.m., Wednesday
September 8, 2021
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Lake View, Iowa
Pastor Bruce Hauswirth
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday
September 7, 2021
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Lake View, Iowa
Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 4:10 PM
“Our deepest condolences, you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- John and Cindy Schwarzkopf
Monday, September 6, 2021 at 3:57 PM
“Keeping all the Nelson family and Sid in our prayers ”
- Jeff,Mary Ann&Dorothy Bohnenkamp
Monday, September 6, 2021 at 3:57 PM
“Royce, Melanie and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn your dad's passing. May God's comforting arms wrap you all through the hugs of family and friends. Cherish all the great memories. ”
- Ken and Sue Barney
Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 3:01 PM
“Sorry to hear of the loss o Sid to all family members As a classmate of Dot I enjoyed knowing both. Peace be with you .”
- Shirley Ohden
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM
“Royce and family. May your memories give you comfort in the coming days.”
- Charlene Green
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM
“Rendee and all the rest of the family. Sorry for your loss. Prayers...”
- Alan Buse
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM
“My Uncle Sydney (always known to us as "Junior") was the second youngest of the family's seven children, and my mother Bonnie was the oldest, so Junior was only about 10 years older than I when we were growing up, and Dean, as the youngest, was even closer to me in age. They were more like older brothers to me than uncles when I was young, and I have vivid memories of the pair of them as teenagers going off with their dog to fish or hunt raccoons when they were living on the family farm south of Odebolt! I'm sure the family has many other happy memories, and my thoughts and heart are with you as you grieve his loss and celebrate his life. Love from Diane.”
- Diane Boyer
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM
“Dot and Family: I'm sorry to learn of Junior's passing. These times are difficult but I hope you can find comfort with a lifetime of many good memories of Junior. I am pretty sure that I inherited some of the Nelson "fishing genes" --- and that thought makes me smile.”
- Steve Matre
Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 2:19 PM
“Renee, Rendee, Rajean and families. We are so blessed to have known Uncle Jr. We will always remember his humor, his kindness, and who can forget him skinning animals in the garage! Hahaha! I wonder if there's fishing in heaven? Thinking of you all....Love, Shelley & Jon”
- Michele Kenney
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 4:04 PM
“Dot & Family: I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Junior's passing. I think of the times Junior took me ice fishing and what a good time we had. I will remember him fondly.”
- Randy R Boerner
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