William Jesse Nelson, 86, of Middlefield, husband of the late Barbara (Foote) Nelson, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Masonicare in Wallingford. Born and raised in Cromwell, he was the son of Dr. Walter N. Nelson and Rachel (Atwell) Nelson.
Bill graduated Middletown High School, Class of 1948 and the University of Connecticut, Class of 1952. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was commissioned and served in several posts in the United States and Hokiado, Japan serving with the United States Army 1st Cavalier Division during the Korean Conflict. Bill reached the rank of Colonel.
Bill was employed at Alleghany Ludlum Steel Corp. for thirty years retiring in 1985. Upon his retirement, he lived for twenty-seven years between two places, six months in Coopers Mills, ME and six months in Venice, FL. In 2000, he relocated to Middlefield. Bill loved playing the saxophone and harmonica and played with many bands.
Bill is survived by two sons, William S. Nelson and his wife, Carolyn of Rives Junction, MI and Richard C. Nelson and his wife, Tracy of Rockfall, CT; two daughters, Deborah G. Ripley and her husband, Samuel of North Guilford, CT and Denise L. Zimmerman and her husband, Otto, III of Middlefield; a brother, Richard C. Nelson of Naples, FL; a sister, Elizabeth Summers of Windsor Locks, CT; five grandchildren, Jennifer Ripley, Eric Ripley, Amy Zimmerman, Otto Zimmerman, IV and Jesse Nelson and three great grandchildren, Dylan, Jackson and Otto, V.
Along with his wife and parents, Bill was predeceased by a brother, Robert W. Nelson.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Projects, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675-8517. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.The Middletown Press - June 20, 2017