Paul C. Nelson
Paul C. Nelson, a Glendale resident for the last 55 years, passed away Sunday, June 6. He was 91. He was born in Rochester, NY on Sept. 12, 1918. In 1928 at age 10 he moved to Glendale with his parents, Chester and Gertrude Nelson, and his younger twin sisters. Paul was a 1936 graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. His working career was with Pacific Airmotive Corporation in Burbank for 46 years, retiring as manager of product sales. His job took him to countries around the world, as well as pleasure trips with spouses, 47 countries overall. He lived in Glendale a total of 75 of the last 82 years.
Paul was a founding board member of India National Inland Mission, Inc., of New Delhi, India, and was an active board member for the last 46 years until his death. He served as the working treasurer of the board for 42 years. He was a current member of Bethany Bible Presbyterian Church of Glendale for over 20 years. He was also a member of Gideons International.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 60 years Pamela Blakey Nelson in 2002; his son Joseph P. Nelson in 2005; his second wife of three years who he first met in 1939, Marilyn Sullivan Nelson, in 2008; and both of his younger twin sisters, Betty and Helen. He is survived by his third wife of one year and five days who he first met in 1952, Marian Deddo-Smith Nelson of Glendale; his daughter and son-in-law Sue Ann and John Miller of Glendale; two grandsons Jesse J. Nelson and L. Paul Nelson, both of Madison, Wisc.; two step-sons Dr. Gary Deddo of Illinois and Russell Deddo of Texas; step-daughter Jan Sullivan McEachern of Arcadia; daughter-in-law Mavis M. Nelson of Tujunga; sisters-in-law Rebecca Sue La Grow of Ore. and Joanne Blakey of Arroyo Grande; six step-grandchildren and one great-grandson; and 10 nephews and nieces and their families.
Visitation Thursday, June 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crippen Mortuary, 2900 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta. Graveside service Friday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. at Grandview Memorial Park, Glendale. Memorial service Friday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church, 4848 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock.
Memorial contributions may be made to India National Inland Mission, Inc., P.O. Box 2603, Forest, VA 24551-6603.
Raymond John Nelson, 71, of Sunland died June 4 in Glendale, of cancer after a short hospitalization. He was born in Troy, NY to Victor and Mary Nelson of Watervliet, NY and attended St Patrick’s elementary school in Watervliet and LaSalle Institute, Troy where he was the Colonel of Cadets in the Class of 1957. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961 in Troy, and a masters degree in physics from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. in 1967.
He served 14 years on active duty as a US Army signal officer including two years in the Vietnam War Theater. He was thereafter employed in engineering positions in several US defense firms before retiring in 1998. He was a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and was also a student of American history focusing on the American West 1800-1850.
He is survived by his brother Carl Nelson of Washington, DC; by two nephews in Utah and California; and by two cousins and an aunt in the Capital District of New York.
A memorial service will be Monday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Crippen Mortuary in La Crescenta. Interment will be Tuesday, June 15 at 12:30 p.m. at US National Cemetery in Riverside near where he lived since 1980.