Edward Allen Nelson, 78, of Wapato died on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1931 in the Kohala Territory of Hawaii, the son of Carl Emil and Lillian Isabelle Nelson.

He graduated from Prosser High School in 1949.

He married Beverly Heald on June 16, 1957 in Prosser.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly; daughters, Sarah Hall of Everett, Melissa Smith of Bothell; two brothers, Carl Nelson of Blaine and Richard Nelson of Prosser; and one sister, Miriam Poage of Yakima.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter Susan Jean Nelson.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept 3, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Cleveland Cemetery in Bickleton. Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 9 South 8th Avenue, Yakima, WA. 98902

Contributions in Mr. Nelson's memory may be sent to Satus Indian Mission, P.O. Box 565, Toppenish, WA 98948.

Those wishing to sign his online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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