FORT FAIRFIELD and CARIBOU - Michael A. Nelson, 63, passed away Tuesday morning, July 9, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility, after a brief illness. He was born May 25, 1950, in Fort Fairfield, son of Ralph F. and Vivian L. (Campbell) Nelson.
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He was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School class of 1968 and also attended the University of Maine at Augusta. He went on to serve his country with the U.S. Navy as a communications officer during the Vietnam War, worked as a State of Maine potato inspector for a few years and had been employed by Lane Construction Corporation as office manager at their Presque Isle office, retiring in 2010 after more than thirty years of dedicated service. Mr. Nelson was a lifelong communicant of Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield. An avid golfer, Mike was a member of Aroostook Valley Country Club, Fort Fairfield, and enjoyed traveling, animals and was a crossword puzzle enthusiast.
Mr. Nelson was predeceased by his father, Ralph F. Nelson; brother, Robert P. Nelson; and nephew, Scott L. Nelson. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Vivian L. and Larry Harshman of Sun City, Ariz.; two brothers, Ronald D. Nelson of Mapleton and Keith F. Nelson and wife, Diane, of Phoenix; sister, Catherine "Kitty" Nelson of Phoenix; three nephews, Justin Klum and Dylan Nelson, both of Phoenix; special nephew, Callum Nelson of Fort Fairfield; two nieces, Jessica Santos of Milford, Mass., and Kayla Nelson of Phoenix; and several aunts and uncles, including a special uncle, Glenn Campbell of Fort Fairfield. He also leaves behind a special lifelong friend, Stephen P. Dorsey of Fort Fairfield; and dear friend and caregiver, Sharon (Fields) Dorsey of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Fort Fairfield.
Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a service to celebrate Mr. Nelson's life will be conducted 11 a.m. with Father Raymond Morency officiating. Interment with military honors will take place after the service at St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held at the home of Travis and Carolyn Dorsey-Durepo, 153 Main St., Fort Fairfield, immediately after the interment service. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Nelson to Central Aroostook Humane Society, 26 Cross St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on July 11, 2013