Donald Nelson

Obituary of Donald Ivan Nelson

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


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


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