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Merlin “Jack” Nelson

Jack Nelson, 89, of Girard, died at 12:45 a.m., January 11, 2022 at his residence in Girard.
Jack was born May 19, 1932 in Girard, the son of Elmer and Bessie (Reed) Nelson. He grew up and attended schools in Girard and graduated from Pittsburg State University.
Jack served in the US Army.
He married Alice E. Krog in November of 1963 in the United Methodist Church in Girard. Alice survives of the home.
Jack owned and operated a filling station in Girard before opening Nelson Insurance and Real Estate in 1956.
Jack was a member of the United Methodist Church in Girard, the Girard Masonic Lodge No. 93, AF & AM, the Consistory at Fort Scott, the Mirza Shrine in Pittsburg, and the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.
He enjoyed raising cattle and farming.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Alice, of the home are his nephews, Leonard Krog of Girard and Dana Thompson (Michelle) of Kansas City, Missouri; his nieces, Marsha Vance (Jerry Fischer) of Omaha, Nebraska; Lena Mays (Doug) of Topeka, Kansas; and Diane Gillespie (Kelly) of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 14, 2022 at the Girard Cemetery with Chaplain Randy Beeman officiating. Military Honors will be by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Parsons.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church of Girard or Wesley House and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.
Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com

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