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Orval L. Nelson

September 3, 2014

Orval Nelson Obituary

On September 3, 2014, Orval L. Nelson joined his sweetheart in the next life after more than 16 long years without her. What a joyous reunion it must have been! He left behind a large family legacy including 4 of his 5 children, 21 of his 22 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 of 8 siblings. Orval's life was filled with service right up until the end. At 85 while fighting cancer for his life, he could be seen pouring concrete and hanging sheetrock for treasured friends and neighbors; his only compliant being he had to cut down to only working 12 hours a day instead of his accustomed 16. In between construction projects Doctor Nelson put his PhD in Sociology to work by doing family counseling. He worked with thousands of families during his life and was lovingly referred to as "The World's Greatest Family Fixer. His first love was teaching young people as a master teacher. During his 40 year professional career he taught at BYU, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Oklahoma City University and Southern Virginia University; influencing the lives of countless thousands of students. He served a tour during the Korean Conflict and then stayed in as a reservist serving as a Military Intelligence Officer. His total service spanned nearly 20 years, retiring as a Major in the U.S. Army. Orval was an Eagle Scout as were his three sons. He was an avid Scouter and was active in several Councils from Washington to Virginia, Wisconsin to California and many points in between. First and foremost, he was a disciple of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom he loved and served all his life. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a Bishop for three different congregations, two of which were Young Single Adult Wards. He loved the Saints in Finland and served them as a missionary for three years from 1948 to 1951. He returned in 1969 and served as a Mission President until 1972. Though he was called to serve in numerous leadership positions, his preference was to teach in small groups and serve the "One" as a home teacher. Funeral Services will be held on Monday September 8, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel located at 3400 West Charleston Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada. A viewing for family and friends will be from 10:00 until 10:50 am. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00. Orval will be buried next to his wife and son in Moses Lake Washington. A graveside service will be conducted Friday September 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm. The cemetery - Pioneer Memorial Gardens is located at 14403 Road 2 NE in Moses Lake, WA.

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