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Edgar Harry Nelson, 70

| June 15, 2010 5:07 AM

On June 10, 2010, Edgar Harry Nelson resigned his position on Earth and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ed was born March 8, 1940, to Robert and Rosemary (Van Scoy) Nelson in Santa Monica, Calif., and passed into glory at his home in Osburn.

Ed met his wife of 41 years Donna (Mullins) in Yakima, Wash., and they were married in June 1969. They moved to Osburn in 1975 and other than one year in Indiana, have remained in the Silver Valley. His wife and children were always a priority and he dedicated most of his free time to helping members of his family. Family vacations and activities are something in which he placed great value. He and Donna loved to travel, visiting family and friends all over the country. Ed took great pride in his family while placing high importance on faith and character. As members of The Altar church in Coeur d’Alene, he and Donna have served the Lord for many years and have lived lives of great faith in this community.

Ed served in the United States Air Force and worked as a boat builder in Seattle before starting his first business in Yakima. Ed was an acclaimed businessman in the composites industry. He loved doing fiberglass work because he could build anything he could dream of and often did. He built boats, dune buggies and his own airplane out of composites as well as several other inventions and innovations. Family and friends have always marveled at his creativity and skill. He was an avid golfer and always enjoyed the company of his golfing friends. He loved to compete, and excelled at any hobby or vocation he chose. Ed loved life and was always known as a true gentleman. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Nelson; their four children, Bonnie Wilson, Tammy and husband Dave Douglas, Eric and wife Seida Nelson and Kirk and wife Sharon Nelson; siblings Connie and husband Frank Cascino and Peer Nelson; nine grandchildren, Edmund, Aaron, Krystal, Corbin, Sheena, Jacob, Trista, Keira and Kaen; and eight great-grandchildren, Maverick, Tucker, Bethany, Jacob, Kendall, Carter, Emmy and Hudson.

The family requests that any honorariums be made to Hospice of North Idaho at 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83815.

Viewings will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2010, and also from 8-10 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010, both at Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d’Alene Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Mountain View Congregational Church in Kellogg with graveside service immediately following at Shoshone Memorial Gardens in Kingston.

Please visit Ed’s online memorial and sign his guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.

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