Howard D. Nelson

January 13, 1926 ~ March 8, 2022 (age 96)


Howard D. Nelson

SMETHPORT- Howard D. Nelson, 96, of Emerald Isle, passed away Tuesday (Mar. 8, 2022) in UPMC Kane.

     Born January 13, 1926, in Hazel Hurst, he was a son of Arthur and Esther Hudson Nelson. On May 31, 1947, in Smethport, he married Elsie M. Strom, who died June 11, 1997. They were married 50 years.

     Howard was a lifetime resident of the area and worked as a carpenter with Local 423, Duncansville, PA, before his retirement.

     He was a veteran, having served with the US Army in both WWII and the Korean War. 

     He enjoyed music and playing his fiddle in several area bands.

     Surviving are four sons, Thomas A. (Lisa) Nelson of Lubbock, TX, Roger D. (Pam) Nelson and Bruce E. (Sue) Nelson both of Smethport, Scott R. (Sheryl) Nelson of Allegany, NY; four daughters, Karen K. Gazette and Gloria J. (Rick) Head both of Springfield, MO, Cathy A. (Charlie) Young of Cheyenne, WY, Terri L. Nelson of Everetts, NC; 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elsie, longtime companion, Jean Tracy, son-in-law, Larry Gazette, 3 grandchildren, six brothers: Arthur, George, John, Walter, Lloyd, Floyd Nelson; and a sister, Helen Dusch.

     At Howard’s request, there will be no visitation, or funeral service.  A celebration of life will be held at a later time and date to be announced. 

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

     Condolences can be made to:  Roger D. Nelson, 807 W. Water St., Smethport, PA 16749











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