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Rev. David Axel Nelson

December 7, 1931 - August 29, 2016

Salem - Rev. David Axel Nelson born December 7, 1931 in Renton, Washington, passed away August 29th in Salem, Oregon.  Rev. Nelson graduated from Fuller Seminary.  He married Jean E. Robertson on August 17, 1952.  The couple had 3 children Steven, Timothy and Christine.  He served as the Pastor for Kelso Presbyterian Church and also was employed as the Family Court Commissioner for Cowlitz County Court for 25 years.  Dave and Jean moved to Salem 10 years ago.   He loved camping at the beach with his family and hunting with his sons Steven and Tim, his grandson Bryan and their friends, Bill, Walt and Tom.  He also enjoyed teaching adult Bible study.  Dave will be remembered as a kind and nurturing gentle man. 
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciated contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Union Gospel Mission.  
Dave was preceded in death by his son Steven and his parents.  He survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean E. Nelson; his sister Grace; his son Timothy; his daughter Christine Michael Wood; his grandchildren Bryan Nelson, Diann Alison Burke, Bethany Wood and Emily Wood.  
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday September 10, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church 3737 Liberty Road, S., Salem.  


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I was talking to John Tolleshaug recently and he told me that he was able to attend the service for Dave.It was then that I realized that I had forgotten to offer my condolence to his wife and family. I was a county commissioner when Dave was working for Cowlitz County. He and I often had discussions about his work as Family Court Commissioner. At times it was difficult to fund his program to the full extent but Dave never complained and went about doing his job to the best of his ability. He was well respected by all of the county commissioners, judges and the lawyers with whom he worked. If I lived closer, I certainly would have attended his service. Dave was one of my favorite employees and a man I very much respected. I was privileged to know him and count him as a a friend.