Rick Nelson
April 14, 1955 - August 14, 2020
Birthplace: Greenfield, Iowa
Resided In: Elliott, Iowa

Service 8/21/2020
Hillside Cemetery
Burial 8/21/2020
Elliott Hillside Cemetery

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Ricky “Rugged” Ray Nelson, age 65 of Elliott, Iowa, passed away Friday, August 14, 2020 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Rick Nelson was born April 14, 1955 in Greenfield, Iowa the son of Russell and Dorothy (Milner) Nelson. Rick grew up in Elliott and graduated from Griswold High School in 1973. He was united in marriage to Nancy Porter on November 25, 1989 in Emerson, Iowa. Rick worked for Kaiser Construction and Gord’s Grocery. He later was the manager at NVRA Country Club, worked at the Hansen Grain Elevator in Griswold and Hoye Feed and Grain near Grant. Rick retired in 2020 from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. Rick was a member of the Elliott Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years. He was recently recognized for his years of service. He always helped with the Elliott Hillside Cemetery Avenue of Flags. Rick was active with the Griswold Sports Boosters where he and Nancy coordinated the golf tournament and fundraiser auction for many years. He was also a member of the Red Oak Elks Lodge. Rick enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling, watching any sporting event and was always willing to volunteer.

Rick was preceded in death by his father Russell Nelson in 2017 and his brother Mark Nelson in 2016. Survivors include his wife: Nancy Nelson of Elliott; mother: Dorothy Nelson of Elliott; mother-in-law: Betty Hossle of Emerson, IA; brothers-in-law: Dennis Porter of Rogers, AR and Allen Porter and wife Jackie of Red Oak, IA; nephew: Murphy Porter of Council Bluffs, IA; nieces: Cami Porter of Red Oak, IA and Lindsey Porter of Red Oak, IA and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a community of friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held 2 PM Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Hillside Cemetery in Elliott. There will be open viewing and visitation from 12 noon until 7 PM Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Elliott Volunteer Fire Department.

We will be following CDC guidelines. Social distancing and face masks are recommended.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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410 Sixth Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
Phone: (712) 623-2525 or
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