December 4, 1931 – August 12, 2013
Wayne Charles Nelson, 81, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 19 at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines with burial and military honors to follow at Chapel Hill Gardens. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m..
Wayne was born December 4, 1931 to Clarence and Frieda Nelson in Galena Township, MN. Wayne served in the Navy and was a Korean War Veteran. He married Geraldine Hanson in 1954 and five children were born to this union.
Wayne retired from Iowa Road Builders and opened and operated with Geraldine B & M Manufacturing which they ran together for over ten years. They specialized in tent rental, embroidery and commercial upholstery.
His passion was flying and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his children, Randy (Lauri) Nelson, Kevin (Janyce) Nelson, Denyse (Vernon) Connett, and Brenda Ertl; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Lowell Nelson, Karen Miller and Connie Garrison. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2011, Geraldine; his parents; infant daughter, Rene and a son-in-law, Jerry Ertl.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Marion County HCI Services.Information provided by: Merle Hay Funeral Home 4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50310 www.meaningfulfunerals.net