Donald A. Nelson (Sign Guestbook)

Donald A. Nelson, age 93, died on August 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his loving family at his side. Born in Gary, South Dakota, to Arthur and Nettie Nelson, Don lived in many areas of the country, including Alameda, California, Sun Lakes and Prescott, Arizona, and Knoxville, Tennessee. He led a full and happy life, devoted to his family. He had a long and prosperous career and was a lifelong learner. His love of travel with his family and outdoor recreation provided fulfillment and joy throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Marian N. Nelson, in October of 2015, and daughter, Georgene K. Tipton, in August of 2014. Don is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving daughter, Barbara N. Shipman; grandchildren, Meghan Jagnow and husband Matthew, Nelson Shipman, Sarah Tipton and husband Stephan, Lisa Tipton-Wiles and husband Chad; great-grandchildren, Lexi Wiles and Cruz Wiles, and many extended family members and friends. The family will be celebrating his life quietly, as he requested. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriners Hospitals for Children by visiting www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Nelson family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

5 guestbook entries for “Donald A. Nelson”:

  1. Joyce Kent says:

    Barbara, so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. He was a good friend and fellow employee at Nalco. I know you will miss him.

  2. Carl and Jill says:

    Your father will be deeply missed. I remember his tux with Ut bow tie at the wedding, forever a fan. Always a joy with an outgoing , interesting personality. You have beautiful memories to sustain you.

  3. Cynthia Gray Shipman says:

    Barb, Nelson, Meghan, and Matt,
    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. No matter how
    prepared you are, you are never ready to lose someone
    so important to you. I know the feeling all too well…
    My heart goes out to all of you, hoping you can find some
    comfort in each other to fill the empty space that you feel now.

  4. Gloria Rivera says:

    I had the pleasure to work with Don at Nalco when he was in the Bay Area and also knew Marion. Wonderful and friendly people! He will be missed but always remembered with fond memories. My condolences to all the family. Gloria and George Rivera, Green Valley, AZ

  5. Allan Weydahl says:

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Don when he was in CA being a super star for Nalco. He was very well liked and respected by all the Nalco folks around. It’s good to hear he lived a long, good life.

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