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Thomas Joe Nelson

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 2013

Aug. 5, 1951-Jan. 26, 2013

LINGLE Thomas Joe Nelson passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colo.

He was born in Alliance, Neb. to Don and Anna Mae (Minich) Nelson on Aug. 5, 1951. He attended country grade school at District 14. He graduated from Hemingford High School in 1969.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years.

He worked construction in the Denver area many years. He later became a licensed journeyman electrician and moved to Crested Butte, Colo., where he lived and worked for several years.

In 1997, Tom bought the farm of his dreams about seven miles outside of Lingle. He lovingly restored the old farm house and created a yard oasis. He loved farming and carpenter work, helping neighbors and relatives from time to time with his skills. He cherished his time with friends and loved ones. Tom was fiercely loyal to his country and very patriotic. He loved his loyal dog, Reagan, whom he rescued from the pound. She was a skin and bones chocolate lab that he nursed back to health.

He is survived by his sister and nephew, Tina McMains and her son, Christopher of Alliance; sister-in-law Sue Nelson, from Laramie; niece Denise (Nelson) and Jason Sheen and great nephew Avery Sheen, all from Laramie; cousins David (LaRonda) and Sally Minich, Bob (Cindy) Minich, all of Hemingford; Kenny (Mary) Minich of Pueblo West, Colo.; special friends: Jerry Scott of Lingle; Galen and Loralee Young of Alliance and Dana Sorensen and Ila Jackson of Hemingford.

His life will be celebrated at the Hemingford Congregational Church, Saturday April 6 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jim West officiating. Burial of his remains will be in the Hemingford Cemetery with military rites, next to his parents

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