MADAWASKA - George Clayton Nelson, SMSGT U.S. Air Force, Retired, 85, passed away on January 12, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born on September 13, 1928, in Stockholm, Maine, to George Carl and Maud Rugan Nelson.
George grew up in Stockholm, Maine. After graduating from Caribou High School in 1947, he worked with his father as a carpenter until answering the call of his country, joining the Air Force in 1950, serving through the Korean and Vietnam era until retirement in 1973. He was so proud of his military service. Awards include a bronze star, Air Force commendation medal, Air Force outstanding unit award, Vietnam occupation and service medals. He and his family returned to Northern Maine where he stayed active in his home town of Stockholm. As deacon of the Lutheran church he was instrumental in building a room to house the elevator, dedicated to his parents with a stain glass window for each sibling. He was the commander for five years at the Perkins Plourd Post No. 136 Stockholm, 50-year member with the Masonic Lodge of Illinois, life member of the VFW Caribou, past member Loyal Order of Moose. For fourteen years he prided himself in making the Stockholm Historical Society's fourth of July parade bigger and better each year. George enjoyed being part of his church, the Legion and the Historical Society. He was always headed somewhere for a meeting, or to show his respect at a funeral for a veteran or going to meet his friends for coffee. He truly loved being with people. He was a collector of old cars and Lionel trains.
George was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Lillian McInnis; his brothers-in-law, William McInnis, Ted Stone and Mahlon Niles; and son-in-law, William Maxfield. George is survived by his wife, Muriel Nelson of Madawaska, Maine; son, Richard Nelson and wife, Betty, of Madawaska, Maine; daughter, Muriel "Bootsie" Douglass of Ossipee, N.H.; daughter, June Maxfield of Madawaska, Maine; daughter, Gail Johnson and husband, Kirk, of Ossipee, N.H.; grandchildren, Tiffany Nelson, Crystal Dagraca, Carl Nelson, Fay Douglass, Desiree' Maxfield, Shawn Maxfield and Jessica Johnson; great-grandchildren, Abby, Leah and Maya, Trey, Josh, Damien, Alissa, Mason and Brianna; brothers, Hazen Nelson and partner, Becky, of Palmyra, Maine, Neal Nelson and wife, Ellie, of Rutland, Mass., and Dana Nelson and wife, Sandra, of Ellsworth, Maine; sisters, Lois Stone of Gardner, Maine, Edythe Niles of Kittery, Maine, and Wanda Orino and husband, James, of Rumford, Maine; two brothers-in-law, John McInnis and wife, Sylvia, Of Madawaska and Robert McInnis and wife, Norma, of Florida; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on May 10 at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Stockholm. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Service conducted by the Rev. Bob Smith. Funeral arrangements by Michaud Funeral Home. Donations of remembrance may be made to Legion/Auxillary, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Historical Society. Condolences may be sent to www.michaudfuneralhomes.com.