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Roland William Nelson

January 11, 1935 ~ March 4, 2017 (age 82)
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Mr. Roland William Nelson “Swede”, age 82, of Trenton, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his bedside on March 4, 2017. 

Roland was born on January 11, 1935, in Lake Prairie Twp., Nicollet Co., MN to Irvin W. and Florence Thompson Nelson.

Roland graduated from Mandan High School in 1954 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He graduated basic training at Great Lakes, IL, and attended submarine school in New London, CT, and served on the following submarines: USS Bass (SSK-2), USS Cavalla )SSK-244), USS Barbel )SS-580), USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601), USS Lafayette (SSBN-616),  USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632).

In 1966, Roland became a Chief Warrant Officer, and then served on the following surface vessels:  USS Preserver, USS Thor and the USS Francis Marion.  He retired in 1974. He became a state certified Heating A/C contractor.  In 1981, he started Nelson’s Service, Inc. a family business serving the Northeast Florida area.

Roland enjoyed family and traveling.  He was a member of the First Coast Submarine Vets and a member of the Holland Club.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Ardella Mai Nelson, and their four children and spouses: Kirby Nelson (Jessica), Kerry Nelson (Sherri), Kevyn Nelson (Beth) and Kammy Hooper (Kevin); and seven grandchildren; Kasey, Luke, Korey, Andie, Emmalee, Levi and Shayla

Roland was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Gainesville, FL.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Alan Struckmeyer officiating.

Memorials can be made to Haven Hospice of Chiefland, FL and The Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties
311 NE 9th St., Chiefland FL 32626
Tel: 1-352-493-9898

Lutheran Hour Ministries
660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis MO 63141
Tel: 1-800-944-3450

 Service Information

Memorial Gathering
March 11, 2017

2:00 PM
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
9700 W. Newberry Road
Gainesville, FL 32606

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