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Ernest Nelson

Ernest Otis Nelson

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Ernest Otis Nelson went to be with the Lord on August 4, 2020 from symptoms of the COVID virus. Born in Republic County, Kansas in 1922.
Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Nelson. He proudly attended Kansas State University on a track scholarship, also serving in WWII as an army civil engineer. He and Betty had 4 children; Steve and wife Peggy, Dennis and wife Sally, Diane Ray, husband Jack, and Lori McQuilkin and husband Mark .
Ernie worked for Panhandle Eastern/Trunkline Co, retiring as Senior Vice President, served the AGA, SGA, Representative for U.S. on World Energy Commission and Board of Directors of K. State Engineering Dept. He faithfully served as President of the church council at Faith Lutheran Church in Kansas City, and the Trinity Hospital Board. His passion was the game of golf, as a member of Indian Hills CC, he and his wife formed wonderful bonds with many members over the years.
The greatest, cherished pride for Ernie was his grandchildren; Kimberly DeLaat and husband Kevin, David Nelson and wife Reid, Kelly Butrum, and husband Grant, Charlie Ray, and wife Alexis, Maggie Nelson, Katie Broulette, and husband Brandon Broulette, Luke McQuilkin, Sam McQuilkin, and Cory McQuilkin, and great grandchildren Cameron DeLaat, Conner DeLaat, Cooper Nelson, Brantley Nelson, William Butrum, Elizabeth Butrum, Gwenyth Ray, and Cameron Broulette, with whom he devoted many hours, vacations, and games encouraging them and teaching patience and perseverance in their pursuits.
Ernie has resided in Houston for the last 13 years at the Buckingham and was fondly thought of by all who knew him there. Ernie will be greatly missed and in lieu of contributions, your prayers and memories will be cherished.
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Ginny Jones

Posted at 05:29pm
Lovendahl Cousins, children of Albin and Alice...Beverly, Shirley, Marilyn, Helen, Ginny, Gwen, Marc
I thought the world of Ernie and Betty. His eyes were always sparkling and friendly. At 23, I called them in Houston and wanted to move there from Wichita KS and they said come on down! Steve is one year younger than me...I am 1946 model. I stayed with their family for about a month and It was a wonderful, encouraging time for me. Ernie was working and would come home and exercise almost every day, jumping rope is what I remember. Betty was a great cook...I just loved them both. Our deepest sympathies to their children, grands, and great grands. So sorry you had to lose him under these circumstances but it would never have been easy. They were wonderful people and I wish your family the best. Sincerely, Ginny Lovendahl Jones
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"McGrath" Nieces; "Moore" Grand-nieces & nephew

Posted at 02:54pm
We'd like to plant a tree in honor of Uncle Ernie. Much love to all of you. -Mary Lou McGrath/Curtis; Jean McGrath/Wally; Jackie, Teresa & Tom Moore
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Teresa Moore McCarthy

Posted at 11:44pm
Uncle Ernie and Aunt Betty hold a very fond place in my childhood memories. We made many trips to their home in Kansas City from when we lived nearby and even after we moved away. Ernie had the coolest “Rolodex” for his address book and they had the only ice maker and water in the fridge door that I knew at the time. They were so fancy! Betty liked to keep me well fed and Ernie took us to the country club pool a few times. They had the best barbies from the 50s/60s, wigs and all, in their basement and a game “cube” with parcheezee and other games on each side as well as “Operation”. (Can you tell I was very young at the time? The things kids remember.) I also remember how kind they were and always were just so delighted to see us. Always a smile and lots of love. Ernie will be greated in heaven by Betty, his sister-in-law Maxine and husband Jack, and my parents, Marjorie and Harry Moore, who all loved him dearly. My condolences to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 

Jacqueline Wyrwitzke Posted at 12:48pm

I have fond memories of visiting Uncle Ernie and Aunt Betty on those trips. The smell of homemade Swedish Rye Bread and strawberry preserves. Ernie would take time to play chess with Harry and I (he always won). There was always a putting green somewhere. My deepest sympathy for the family. Love, Jackie (Moore) Wyrwitzke
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