At the age of 94, Edward William Nelson passed from our world into the hands of the Lord.
Born in Minnesota, he grew up on the family farm where he and his father worked the land with mules. His family loved to sing. Ed often reminisced about the times he and his father would sing and play fiddles for dances. Playing the fiddle was something Ed continued throughout his life. His
tremendous bass voice was well known. He sang in
barbershop quartets and church choirs in Ashland, Ore., and Yuma, Calif.
Ed migrated to Oregon in 1937. His high school sweetheart, Eldora, followed two years later. They married and lived in Eugene, Ore. Settling in Ashland in 1943, Ed, "The
Telephone Man," as he was known, worked for "Ma" Bell Telephone as a lineman. He probably installed or repaired most of the telephones in Ashland until his 1979 retirement.
Ed loved flying. He was an officer in the Civil Air Patrol. He served as president of the Ashland YMCA. He also enjoyed wood working, drying walnuts, playing cards and traveling. Ed and Eldora visited all 50 states and many foreign
countries. After retiring, they "snow birded" in Yuma for 30 winters.
He will be remembered for his generosity, giving time and friendship to everyone, including strangers. Ed's philosophy was he could always find something good in everyone he met, and his honesty was a hallmark of his personality.
Ed is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Eldora; three sons, Bill (Carol), Duane (Mary), and C.J. (Claudia); four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two step-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his three
sisters and a grandson.
Services will be held privately. Memorial donations can be made for the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland.