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Harold L. Nelson

Harold L. Nelson, age 98, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. He was born on March 20, 1922 to parents Andrew and Afra (Pederison) Nelson. Harold was born into America's greatest generation, also known as the World War II generation, and served in the European theatre. After returning from battle, he and his bride Phyllis settled in Parchment, Michigan where they raised their four beloved children. They often enjoyed loading the kids in the family station wagon, with the picnic basket filled with goodies, and heading out to find a roadside table. These small trips became vacations, with Harold and Phyllis singing in the front seat, while the kids kept track of the different license plates they passed along the way. Harold loved everything about Abraham Lincoln. He enjoyed taking his family on the journey to follow in the footsteps of America's 16th President, from Kentucky to Washington D.C. He was a strong and modest man, who worked hard and loved his family. His ever present sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him. Harold is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis in 2015. He is survived by his children: Carol (the late Everette) Boggs, Linda (Terry) Gage, Robert Nelson, Susan (Chad) Carpenter; and grandchildren: Robin (Edward) Mann, Ryan Gage, Travis (Elaine) Carpenter, Kasey (the late Derik) Holley and great-grandson Dane. While visiting Harold’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

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Harold was the Best Man and great friend of my Grandpa Dan (Rineveld). We still hit say, "Hit it, Nelson!" in our family when we press down on the gas pedal.

M.L. Rineveld Dec 29 2020 9:33 PM

When in the process of buying Harolds house we came at times to help the girls pack things up, on this occasion we heard our 19 year old call us to the back bedroom. As Scott and I walked into Harolds bedroom there was Chandler holding Harolds Purple Heart with such awe, there in silence for a moment, overwhelmed with such pride that we were going to be living in a WWII Purple Heart Veterans home! Chandler is a bit of an avid scholar of the European theatre as he studied heavily in school and respects the historical events that took place. Through this process we have formed a relationship with Harold and his family, Scott had the privilege of seeing him almost on a daily basis, he enjoyed his smile and his sense of humor. We are honored to have know Harold even if it was for a short season. Scott, Joanne and Chandler

Scott, Joanne’ & Chandler Parent Oct 2 2020 8:57 PM