Raymond F. Nelson

Raymond F. Nelson, 71, of Kingman died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, in Kingman. He was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Duluth, Minn., and came to Kingman three years ago from Duluth.

Ray was a licensed journeyman pipefitter. He retired in 1998 after 38 years of work in nuclear plants, paper mills, hospitals, oil refineries and other industrial facilities. He took great pride in his work and was a true craftsman. Ray belonged to the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local No. 11. He began his apprenticeship on Oct. 12, 1960, and received his journeyman's card in 1966. He maintained his membership in the association until the time of his passing.

Ray's father, Paul, and his brothers, Kenny, Dick, Paul Jr., Ed and Ted were all members of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 11 in Duluth. They took great pride in their work and in their profession. Ray served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960 and was stationed in Long Beach and San Diego. He was also an excellent gardener and a gentle soul. He will be greatly missed.

Ray is survived by his wife, Sally Nelson of Kingman; two sons, Eric S. Nelson of Kingman and Chris L. Nelson of La Mesa, Calif.; two daughters, Debra Rae Kotasek of Boise, Idaho, and Rae Ann Nelson of Cloquet, Minn.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Patti Nelson of Duluth, Janet Dixon of Hibbing, Minn., and Mary Nelson of Seattle. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Paul E. and Caroline K. Nelson; his sisters, Caroline, Faye and Violet; and brothers, Kenneth, Richard, Paul, Edward and Theodore.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. 8th St., Duluth. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Duluth.