09-06-16 WDA: In Remembrance: Paul Nelson…

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wda-paul-nelsonIn Remembrance: Paul Nelson

Western Dairy was saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Nelson, who dairy farmed in Colorado for over 50 years. Below is his obituary.

Paul Leroy Nelson, 87, of Milliken, CO passed away at his home on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He was born in Longmont, CO on April 23, 1929 to Robert and Lillie (Osbaugh) Nelson.

He started school near Longmont and then moved with his family to Milliken where he lived the rest of his life. Paul attended Fairview School in Milliken, leaving after starting the 9th grade. He began working as a hired hand for two of his older brothers. When they left the Milliken farm, Paul joined his eldest brother as a partner in the dairy farm. It was at this time that he married Charlene Winckel on November 27, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Johnstown. They continued in the dairy and farm operations for the next 57 years. In 2006, Paul sold the dairy and continued with farming and raising beef cattle.

Paul, along with Charlene, enjoyed following their grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. They were very gracious to donate property that would eventually become The Ballfields at Nelson Farm Park in Johnstown, where many youth would enjoy and engage in athletics of all kinds.

Paul was a member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church. He was recognized by many organizations for humanitarian and agriculture accomplishments, including 2006 Johnstown Citizens of the Year for BBQ Days.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Charlene; two daughters, Cathy (Tom) Finch of Johnstown and Amy (Alan) Gibson of Milliken; grandchildren, Nicole (Steve) Wilkins, Neal (Lauren) Finch, Cameron (Jenna) Gibson and Colton (Arielle) Gibson; five great-grandchildren, Terrick and Travin Wilkins and Jaleigh, Lane and Leelyn Finch; sister, Helen Amundson of Englewood; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; James, John, Kenneth, Gene, Cecil and sister, Hazel.

Memorial gifts may be made to the UMC of Johnstown or University of Colorado Foundation in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at adamsonchapels.com.amilies in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  WDA is centered on driving sales and trust in dairy foods and dairy farms. All activities are developed with strategic and catalytic partnerships; education and awareness to communities about the local value and contributions of dairy farms, health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods amongst diverse consumer, business and school groups. Learn more about the WDA – CLICK HERE