Elbert "Bugs" Nelson, 79, of Brazil, died at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Royal Oaks Healthcare in Terre Haute.
He was born June 10, 1925, in Brazil. He was the son of Elbert L. Nelson Sr. and Lena Trueblood Nelson.
During World War II, he entered the U.S. Army in May of 1944 as a member of the 232nd Regiment. He was a communications operator and served in the Rhineland and Central Europe until his discharge in June of 1946. He received the European Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WW II Victory Medal and Occupation of Germany Medal.
He was employed as a truck driver and transported freight for several different companies in the area until his retirement. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and American Legion Post 2 and the Brazil Eagles Lodge.
His parents; one sister, Nellie Kinnaley; four half-brothers, Ralph, Jessie, Lee and Frank Hauser; one stepdaughter, Linda Wright; and his spouse, Betty Nelson, preceded him in death.
He is survived by one son, Elbert L. Nelson Jr. of Bowling Green; one granddaughter, Cheryl Buell of Bowling Green; one great grandson, Chad Buell Jr.; two stepsons, Jerry Wright of Knightsville and Jim Wright of Brazil; four brothers, James Edward Nelson and wife Pat of Indianapolis, Robert Eugene Nelson and wife Clara of Brazil, John "Jack" S. Nelson and wife Virginia of Brazil and Louis "Sug" Nelson and wife Brenda of Shelburn, Ind.; and special friend, Terry Cobia of Brazil.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow at Boon Hutchinson Cemetery in Putnam County. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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