YUTAN – Jerome George Nelson, 82, of Yutan died Sept. 14, 2015 at Montclair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha.
He was born Dec. 17, 1932 in Newman Grove to John and Mary (Griel) Nelson. He grew up in the Venice/Waterloo area and attended a one-room school in Venice.
He married Catherene McKeighan on May 15, 1954 in Yutan. He worked in the construction industry as a union heavy equipment operator for various contractors in the Omaha area and owned and operated his own construction businesses.
He owned the Chief Bar in Yutan for several years. He was also a landlord, owning rental properties in Yutan and Omaha.
The family moved several times, before they settled in Omaha. In the 1970s, they moved to Yutan, which became their permanent home.
He spent 12 years serving the people of Yutan as an elected official. He started out on the village board and later was a city council member, after Yutan had grown enough to be designated a city.
He was a former member of the Yutan Volunteer Fire Department and the Hollst Lawn Cemetery board. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Yutan and the John C. Mercer Masonic Lodge and Tangier Shrine in Omaha.
He was a pilot for over 30 years and took his classic cars to parades and car shows.
His two little dogs, Jack and Jill, were his constant companions.
Survivors include his wife, Catherene of Yutan; sons and daughters-in-law, Rich and Susanne of Waterloo, Terry and Lynnette of Yutan, Randy and Denise of Omaha, Mark and Suzi of Yutan and Wendell and Lisa of Yutan; grandchildren and spouses, Tina MacMillan, Annie and Jay Miller, Andrew Nelson, Shawn and Christine Nelson, Chad and Theresa Nelson, Shannon and Tony Towles, Amber Nelson, Adam Nelson, Ashley and Tucker Beglin, Allison Nelson, Whitney Nelson, Cheyenne Nelson, Bradly Nelson, Kyle Nelson and Jacob Nelson; great-grandchildren, Samantha MacMillan, Lilly Miller, Silas Miller, Ezra Nelson, Cody Nelson, Sierra Nelson, Trinity Vuxta, Titus Towles, Dallas Nelson, Randall Nelson, Archer Beglin and Avery Beglin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jewell and Sue Nelson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Virgil and Leona Nelson of Omaha; sisters-in-law, Lynda Nelson of Omaha and Marjorie Nelson of Elk Grove, Calif.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty and LeRoy Drews of Ashland, Chuck and Helen McKeighan of Omaha, Mag Stanisec of Omaha and Mary McKeighan of Omaha; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepfather, Vern Smith; brothers, Glen Nelson and Marvin Nelson; grandson, Dallas Bradley Nelson; and brothers-in-law, Donald Stanisec and Jerry McKeighan.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Yutan.
Internment will follow at Hollst Lawn Cemetery in Yutan. A luncheon will be held following the burial at the Yutan Fire Hall in Yutan.
Visitation is Friday, Sept. 18 from noon to 7:30 p.m., with family present from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Yutan.
A public Masonic service will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials have been established to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Yutan, Alzheimer’s Association and Parkinson’s Foundation.
Reichmuth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made at www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com.