Kenneth James Nelson

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Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

December 16, 1930 ~ January 19, 2011
"Ken is fondly remembered for his jokes and great stories."

Kenneth James Nelson formerly of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Jan. 19, 2011, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Kris and Steve Brown in Okanogan, WA. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT on December 16, 1930 and graduated from Garfield High School in Los Angeles, CA in 1948.
Ken entered the army on Aug. 12, 1948 at Fort MacArthur, CA and was stationed at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis, WA. He served in Korea during the Korean War and was also stationed in Okinawa, Japan and received his Honorable Discharge at Camp Roberts, CA on Sept. 10, 1951. Kenneth received the Occupational Medal (Japan) and the Service Ribbon with two Bronze Stars.
He was a pro/college sports enthusiast and music lover. He also enjoyed golfing, bicycling, spending time with grandchildren in Okanogan, WA and traveling to the Canadian Rockies.
Ken is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Kristine (Nelson) Brown and Steven Brown of Okanogan, WA; granddaughter, Capt. Rheanna Jean Felton of Ft. Benning, GA; grandson, Scott Kenneth Felton and wife Kaelee (Barnes) Felton of Portland, OR; granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Brown of Couer d'Alene, ID; brother, Gary (Mary) Nelson of Ephraim, Utah; sister, Sharon (Tim) Nielsen of Menifee, CA; sister, Paula (Mark) Fassett of West Valley, UT; sisters-in-law, Joan Sanquist of Montclair, CA and Shirley Hansen of San Jose, CA; and 18 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia Jean (Yates) Nelson, of 46 1/2 years; parents, James and Beatrice Nelson; brother, Wayne Nelson; nephews, Steven Sanquist and Bryan Anderson.
A memorial service will be held on Fri., Feb. 11, 2011, 12:30 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel and a luncheon to follow in the hospitality room with a graveside service with military honors at 2:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Lung Association or the .
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 6, 2011
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