He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Sallie Nelson; his brothers, Ralph and Buddy Nelson; and a sister, Cathy Byer.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Graham (He was the love of my life for 23 years); two daughters, Lorie Hiltabiddle and Julie Collins; four grandchildren, Malana Parrish, Courtney and Hunter Collins, and Sonja Dosher; siblings, Andy Nelson, Pat Nelson-Walrod, Adrienne Heuer and Judy Stuckey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends for a visitation Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Corpus Christi.
The funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at Memory Gardens Funeral Home with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered at www.memorygardensfuneralhome.com.