On Friday, May 22, Charles A. Nelson Jr., father of three and Army Veteran passed away at the age of 74.Charles was born on July 1, 1945 in Elyria, Ohio to Charles and Linnie (Moody) Nelson Sr. He graduated from Elyria High School, class of 1964 and started working for US Steel and The Ford Motor Company.
In 1965, Charles was drafted into the United States Army and served one tour in Vietnam as a Green Beret. He obtained the rank of Sergeant (p). His awards include two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with “V” device. After completion of his service, Charles returned to work at Ford and also attended LCCC where he studied mechanical engineering. His working history also included, Industrial Transport, Edwards Trucking, and an independent trucker.
Having a passion for all things mechanical and a self-taught mechanic, his interest included aviation, auto drag racing, trucking and electronic toys and games. Charles loved bowling, played trombone in the EHS band and was an avid Parliament-Funkedelic fan. He also managed the “Starban” out of Elyria. Memberships include, The American Legion, Aux unit 12.
He is survived by his former wife, Evelyn, sons Theon, and Tyrone, daughter, Teresa Nelson Jackson, grandchildren Starling, Stephen, Shannen, Desmond, Jamaal, Tyshawn, Theon II, and three great-grandchildren. Sister, Joyce (James) Williams Lorain, OH, brothers, Michael (Lillette), Nelson, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Richard (Jacqueline) Nelson, Detroit, MI, and Lenford Nelson, Elyria, neices, Eric(Royce) Lasion, Julia(Nikki) Williams, Michael Nelson, Jr, Shannon Nelson, Scotty Nelson, Cheyanne Nelson, and Aletha Kuhn (aka Aja), Aunt and Uncle, Melvin and Elizabeth Nelson, Elyria, special cousins, who he grew up with as brothers, Henry, Melvin, (aka Otis) Ray and Jerry Nelson. A host of other great nieces and nephews and other relatives.Charles was preceded in death by parents, Charles Sr., and Linnie Nelson, niece, Morgan Nelson.
Viewing will take place at Carters Funeral Home, 3001 Elyria Ave Lorain, OH on Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 am to 11:30 am.Due to the COVID -19 Virus, there will be a private family service following the viewing at 11:30 am.
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