Ralph Anton Nelson

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Age 91, Elkton, Va.

Ralph Anton Nelson, 91, of Elkton, VA passed away early September 2, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Nelson was born March 27, 1930 in North Bergen NJ and was the son of the late Rudolph and Mae Nelson. 

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by one son, Ralph Arthur, two sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Mae (Sandominick) Nelson whom he was married to for 69 Years. Four daughters, Cathy Mende (Alan) of Grantville, PA, Joanne Flynn (Larry) of Elkton, Carole Lam of Elkton, Diane Casamassa (Greg) of Hummelstown, PA; two sons, Donald Nelson of Staunton, VA and Tom Nelson (Lori) of Elkton; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Mr. Nelson grew up in Jersey City, NJ. He was an electrician at Otis Elevator and RCA before moving his family to Rockbridge Baths, VA to pursue his lifelong dream of farming, eventually retiring to Elkton where he enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.

He was a lifetime member of Hillsborough, NJ Volunteer Fire Co., serving as Chief 1968 and 1969. He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Shenandoah.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Elkton Volunteer Fire Dept., 14171 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827 or the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Dr, Elkton, VA.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, Va.

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