Rev. Tom Raymond Nelson, 81, of Sedalia, died on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Bunceton, a son of Tom M. and Georgia Hutchison Nelson. In 1950, he married Billie D. Klein. On Sept. 15, 1975, in Sedalia, he married Bonnie L. Cavanaugh, who preceded him in death on May 3, 2006.
Rev. Nelson was a Baptist pastor and also worked as a printer for the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal. He was a member of Broadway Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and woodworking. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Surviving are a son, Mike Nelson, and wife, Debbie, of Longwood; a daughter, Linda Pospisil, and husband, Mark, of Sedalia; three step-daughters; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Broadway Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Donald J. Allcorn officiating. Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Army.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Broadway Baptist Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.