Obituary: Eldon Eugene (Hoagy) Nelson, 1930-2013
Eldon Eugene (Hoagy) Nelson, decorated Vietnam War veteran born August 3, 1930, died September 13, 2013.
Hoagy was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many. There were no jobs too large or small that he couldn’t handle. If he could help, he was there. He will be dearly missed, but his wonderful and kind spirit will live forever. He loved life, golf, fishing, and friendships. His artistic talent was displayed in many wood carvings. Hoagy is survived by his wife Pat, son Chris, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sandra and son Michael.
Hoagy moved to Granby after retiring from the military. He worked on the tunnel crew for the Eisenhower Tunnels. He worked for Granby Dairy for some time. He ran for elected office in the late 1970’s. He ran for county sheriff. He also worked as a guest assistant for the Grand Lake Golf Course. After that he lived at Roadside Trailer Park in the “snowbird” era of his life. He was a resident of Fort Clark Springs, Texas, when he passed.
There will be an informal celebration of Hoagy’s life at noon, at the Roadside Trailer Park on Oct. 13, 2013.
This is one of many “stories” submitted by Hoagy to the Kinney County Post . “Hi Lord, it’s me. We are getting older and things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government and even Christmas, but Lord I’m asking you to come back and re-bless America. We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those that don’t. Thank you Lord, I love you. Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil — it has no point.”
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