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Dr. Norman Meinecke Nelson

August 20, 1924 April 24, 2019
Dr. Norman Meinecke Nelson
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Obituary – Dr. Norman Meinecke Nelson

Dr. Norman Meinecke Nelson, age 94, the son of Alma and Tony Johannah (Meinecke) Nelson, was born August 20, 1924, on the family farm in Guilford, Missouri. He died at his Lamoni, Iowa home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Norman grew up and attended school in Nodaway County, Missouri graduating from Guilford High School in 1942. He served in the Medical Corps of the United States Army at the end of WWII. Upon returning home he earned his associates degree at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and then graduated from Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri. He received his master’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where the Boraxo Company sponsored his soil research in cornfields. He taught chemistry and agronomy at Graceland College until leaving to pursue a degree in medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1964. He served his internship and residency at Kansas City General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. After completion, he joined Drs. Gamet and Swanson in the family medical practice in Lamoni. He retired from the clinic in 1997, but continued helping patients by serving on medical missionary trips. In 2004, at age 80, he quit going to medical meetings.

On February 20, 1948, he was united in marriage to Arladine Adams at Guilford, Missouri. They were blessed with three children, Robert “Bob” and David were born in Ames, Iowa, and Nancy was born in Independence, Missouri. Norman and Arladine worked together many years at the clinic before Arladine’s death on August 28, 1997. In April of 2002, Norman married Catherine (Weyerman) Bergman. Her family of four children, Jean, Jerry, Ned, and Tom, became part of his family, too. They enjoyed 13 years together before Cathy’s death on November 27, 2015.

A favorite hobby of Norman’s was to build things, especially houses. He loved working on the family farm, playing Chess, listening to and singing hymns, working puzzles, and any time he spent with his family.

He was raised and baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He held the office of Elder and the prized office of Member.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wives, Arladine Nelson and Cathy Nelson; and five siblings, Lucy Marie Land, Mildred Smith, Kenneth Nelson, Junior Nelson, and Fiona Greene. Survivors include his sister, Winnie Negaard of Guilford, Missouri; children, Bob Nelson (Maureen) of Iowa City, Iowa, David Nelson (Karen) of Portland, Oregon, Nancy Short (Brian) of Rock Island, Illinois, Jean Schmidt (Ken) and Ned Bergman (Teresa) of Independence, Missouri, Jerry Bergman of Texarkana, Texas, and Tom Bergman (Crystal) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to caregivers Heather Edwards, Kent Clisby, Mary Graham, Mercedes Eckart, Tammy Short, and Tammy Simpson; Every Step Hospice; Lamoni Clinic; Lamoni drugstore; and the many, many volunteers, friends, family, and neighbors who blessed us all.


Visitation will be held at the Lamoni Community of Christ Church at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, with a memorial service starting at 5 pm. A meal will follow, to which everyone is invited. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to zerocancer.org, (a foundation for men with prostate cancer).


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Visitation

Saturday

4

May

4:00 PM 5/4/2019 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/4/2019 5:00:00 PM
Lamoni Community of Christ

Lamoni, IA 50140

Family will receive friends 4-5 p.m.

Lamoni Community of Christ
Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

Service

Saturday

4

May

5:00 PM 5/4/2019 5:00:00 PM
Lamoni Community of Christ

Lamoni, IA 50140

Memorial Service

Lamoni Community of Christ
Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

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Location

Rose Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lamoni, IA 50140

Lamoni 50140 IA
United States

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Zero Cancer

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