E.T. Nelson

Central City

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Updated: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:28:16 CST


E.T. "Junior" Nelson, 87, of Central City formerly of Hordville, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Central City Care Center. Funeral services will be Monday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. at Fridhem Lutheran Church in Hordville with Sister Mary Arie officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, March 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Interment will be in the Hordville Cemetery with military honors conducted by Lone Tree Post Six of Central City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.

Elvert Theodore was born on September 18, 1926, on a farm four miles south of Hordville, to Swante Elvert and Emily Christine (Lyon) Nelson. Junior attended Hamilton County District 90 country school until his seventh grade. In December of 1937, he moved with his parents and sisters to Kingsburg, California; and returned to Hordville in 1938. He graduated from Hordville High School in 1943 and then worked in agriculture and at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. In March of 1945, Junior entered the United States Army and served with the Manhattan District (521) on Operation Crossroads in the Radiology Safety Section of Joint Task Force One for the Explosives Division of the Los Alamos Bomb Project under the direction of scientist J.R Oppenheimer working on a secret bomb project. Junior was honorably discharged from the Army on November 8, 1946 and although the project was to remain secret for many years; he received a letter of commendation from J.R. Oppenheimer praising him for "the superior manner in which you executed assignments in an entirely new field of employment even though some were distasteful and dangerous has been responsible in a large measure for the success of this project. We regret that a description of your precise job and details of your personal accomplishments must remain a secret of the U.S. Government. However, this in itself is an indication of the importance of your contribution to the project." In the fall of 1948, he attended the Nebraska State Trade School at Milford (now known as Southeast Community College) and was in the welding program. He took a leave of absence from college in 1949 to work on building the new east elevator in Hordville. Returning to college in the fall of 1949, he completed the welding program and transferred to the diesel department. While in the diesel program, he was called to service by the United States Marine Corp and served as an aviation ordinance man with fighting squadron VMF-113 and training squadron VMT-1. He was honorably discharged from the USMC on November 2, 1951 and returned to Milford and completed his degree in diesel technology. Junior worked for Missouri Valley Construction for about 12 years and then was a diesel serviceman for a short time with Nebraska Machinery Company in North Platte. Junior again returned to Milford and studied Machine Tool and Design Technology. After two quarters in the machinist program, he was asked to be an instructor in the diesel department at Southeast Community College in Milford. Junior taught in the diesel department teaching diesel mechanics, heavy equipment and industrial welding for over 22 years, retiring in October of 1988. Junior returned to his home community of Hordville, where he lived until moving to Central City Care Center in 2013.

Junior was baptized and confirmed at the Fridhem Lutheran Church in Hordville. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, reading, traveling and was a collector of items of interest to him. Junior will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love of telling a "good joke".

Those left to cherish his memory are his nephews - Francis "Joe" and Sharon Mumaugh of Seward; Jerry and Yvonne Mumaugh of Lincoln; Don and Sherry Mumaugh of Lincoln; his nieces - Doris and Paul Davis of Lincoln; Virgene Baskett of Tacoma, Washington; and Krissy and Kirk Mason of West Linn, Oregon; and many friends.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers - Elvin, Erling and Edward Nelson; and two sisters - Esther Mumaugh and Emma Carson.