Raymond Eugene Nelson
Posted on June 7, 2021
Raymond Eugene Nelson, 91, West Union, passed away June 4, 2021, in the comfort of his home, assisted by Lincolnland Hospice. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, the son of Emily (Fritsch) and August Nelson of rural Martin County, Minn.
He grew up in the Fairmont, Minn., area and was a 1948 graduate of Fairmont High School. He would go on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years (1948-1968) and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He sailed to Korea, a voyage that took 30 days at sea. He returned home by way of an AKA. His time in the service eventually found him stationed near Washington, DC, where he met Irmagene Blockinger. They would marry on Dec. 12, 1954, in Robinson and soon after moved to San Diego, Calif.
In 1959, while serving with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, he received a diploma for learning the Japanese language and had the opportunity to broaden his education by attending many schools during his time with the Corps. This education allowed him to find employment immediately following his retirement from the Marines.
In 2016, he was honored by the DAR, Fort LaMotte Society, and Children of the American Revolution for his service during the Korean War. In 2019, he received a beautiful quilt from the Olney Valor Quilters in honor of his 20 years in the Marine Corps and of his service in Korea.
He is survived by his wife, Irmagene Nelson of West Union; by his sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Ana Nelson of Dardenne, Mo. and Barton Eric and Pamela Nelson of Pocahontas, Ill.; by his grandchildren. He is also survived by twin step-sons, Luke of St. Charles, Mo. and Matthew and Angelia of St. Louis, Mo.; by two great-grandchildren; as well as six nephews and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers, Clayton and Dennis; and by his sister, Florence Wels.
It was his wish to be cremated, with burial to be held in the Marshall Cemetery at a later date. The Prust-Hosch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit www.goodwinefuneralhomes.com.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the “Clark County Genealogical Library” in Marshall. Donations may be sent to: Clark County Genealogical Library, 521 Locust St., Marshall, IL 62441.
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