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Joe Merl Nelson – April 9, 2015

Joe Merl Nelson, 83, of Claude, died Thursday, April 9, 2015.Nelson Obit Pic
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Claude with the Rev. Dick Gravley officiating.  Masonic rites are by Claude Masonic Lodge #719.  Burial will follow in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Claude.
Mr. Nelson was born May 27, 1931, in Amarillo, to Merl and Cassie Nelson.  He earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Oklahoma.  While attending OU, he married Betty Ramona Young on Dec. 7, 1951.  She preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2012.  Joe served the Army during the Korean War.
Joe was a computer systems analyst for Honeywell.  In the 1960’s, he was one of the top three globally recognized experts on adaptive control theory.
Mr. Nelson was a member of Claude Masonic Lodge #719, past Master of Mount Hollis Lodge of Holliston, Mass., Eastern Star, and was past board member of Panhandle Plains Museum.  He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Cathleen Nelson of Claude and Brita Joanne Nelson and husband Roy Satzman of Clifton Park, N.Y.; a son, John Merl Nelson and wife Debra of Holliston, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Rebecca Dublin and husband Alex and David Everett Satzman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be mailed to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Attn: Donations, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607, by telephone at 800-241-4438; or on the web  at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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  • Paula(Paloma) Gamez Posted April 11, 2015 3:28 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Joe was one of my “babies” when I worked at the Walmart pharmacy(I-40). He will be truly missed. He was very special to me and I’m sure to all of you. Love and prayers!

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