Smethport - Donald "D.I." Ivan Nelson, 87, of Smethport, passed away Tuesday (December 31, 2019) in his home in Smethport.
He was born June 22, 1932 in Kane, a son of Oscar T. and Erla May Dyne Nelson. On Oct. 9, 1953 in Kane, PA, he married Joan L. Switzer, who survives.
Mr. Nelson was a graduate of Kane High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955.
Donald worked for Bell Telephone as combination man.
He was a member of the Coleville Christian Gospel Church and was a member of Bell Telephone's Pioneers.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by:
Three Sons: Michael R. (Candice) Nelson and Steven S. (Lisa) Nelson, both of Smethport, and Thomas D. (Sonia) Nelson of Bradford
One daughter: Yvonne D. (Rev. Max) Simms of Gifford, PA
Twelve Grandchildren: Becky, Nicole, Emily, Bryce, Danielle, Thomas, Jr., Tim, Andria, Joshua,Tiffany, Megan and Max, Jr.
and twelve great-grandchildren
Donald was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Janurary 5, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St. Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, January 6, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Dan LaPage, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, PA.
Memorials if desired may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.