Curtis David Nelson (1951-2018)

Curtis David Nelson, 67, died Nov. 25, 2018, at his home in Ellsworth. He was born Aug. 12, 1951, in Wichita, Kan., the son of John A. and Virginia L. (Wickert) Nelson. 
Curtis graduated in 1969 from Shawnee Mission South High School and then received his Associate Degree from Barton County Community College in 1991.
A resident of Ellsworth since his retirement, Curtis worked as a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections in Ellsworth for 25 years.
He lived most of his life in Claflin, where he was the former mayor and a member of the city council. He was also a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
On May 10, 1985, he married Jan R. Lupton in Great Bend, Kan.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2016.
Survivors include three children, Alethea Nelson of Las Vegas, Nev., David Nelson and wife Carissa of Great Bend, and Jennifer Garcia and husband Frank of Harrison, Ark.; brother, Mark Nelson and wife Jeanie; and sister, Julie Myers and husband Nathan all of Tiej, N.M.; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Sara, Zander, Micah, Lauren, Macy, and Steven; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a stepmother, Margaret Nelson.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Roger Dennis presiding.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with family to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Claflin Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, Kan. 67544.
     
 

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