Inevitably when we are searching for long-lost classmates, we come upon an obituary. That’s what happened when we looked for Rick Nelson. Here is his obituary as published in the Sacramento Bee:
NELSON, RICK ALAN, entered into rest July 13, 2016 in Martinez, CA age 66. He is a native of Glendale, CA born November 22, 1949 and a former resident of Madera, CA before moving to Placer County for the last 12 years. Loving father to Chad E. (Melissa) Nelson, Meghan E. (Bobby) Jovel and Scott T. (Danielle) Nelson. Grandfather to, Chase E. Nelson, Cameron E. Nelson, Caiden E. Nelson, Macy Jane Nelson, Robert Jovel, Thomas Jovel, Scarlett Nelson, Harper Nelson. Also survived by a sister Lynn D. Nelson. Rick is preceded in death by a son Jason Nelson and both parents Robert E. and Shirley (Coffeen) Nelson. Rick was an auto mechanic for over 40 years and a veteran of the Vietnam war proudly serving in the US Navy. The family invites you to attend a Celebration of His Life on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Chapel of the Valley 97 Vernon Street Roseville, CA 95678.
We convey our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Here are some comments which have been posted on Facebook:
That is sad news! (Deanna Dugger Bergman)
So sorry to read this. (Nancy Frisch Silverman)
I’m so sorry to hear this. He was a neighbor of mine on Groton during junior and senior high school and we saw each other around town when he still lived here. His son, Jason, was a student at the preschool where I taught. (Sallie Shelton Thomas)
Rick and I were good friends in junior high and high school. His parents were good friends with mine. His sister Lynn and I were in Jobs Daughters together and Rick was in DeMolay. (Patty “Trish” Molloy Vosper)
Kindergarten through 12th [Grade]! Nice guy! (Tonia Szilagyi Mapston)
He lived around the corner from me. Rick was such a nice guy, sorry to hear this. (Jeani Chiarolla Chambers)
RIP Rick! We dated after my second husband passed away, just one or two. He was so sweet. (Elizabeth “Liz” Anderson Eder)
I often wondered about Rick. He was such a nice guy. (Kathy Benno)
Loved rick. Such a sweetheart. (Laura Dermedy Unch)