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Hector Boy Dies At Sea, Hector Mirror, 10-31-1918

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Our community was again shocked last Friday, the 25th day of October, to hear that Ole Nelson had received a cablegram stating that his son, Charles LeRoy Nelson, had died of pneumonia October 21, 1918, abroad the U.S.S. Oklahoma, near Ireland. Another son, Merrill was buried at Hector the Sunday previous and this second affliction coming so soon made it all harder to bear.

Charles grew to manhood in Hector, was a graduate of the Hector High School and was president of the Senior Class. He was always a popular young man, kind, obliging and everybody’s friend. He was a conscientious Christian and a member of the First M. E. Church and Sunday School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 1917, and was stricken down while doing his duty as a soldier. The remains have been taken to Queenstown, Ireland, and may be sent home for final interment.

He leaves a father and four brothers, John, who just arrived in France, Everett, Milton and Stillman, living at home.

Words of condolence at this time can hardly lighten the burden of sorrow that prevails in the Nelson home, but all the people of this community sympathize deeply with them in their grief, and feel that the world has been made better by his having lived in it, even for a short time, as his noble character has left an impress that can never be effaced.

Memorial services were held in loving remembrance at the Methodist Church last Sunday forenoon. Many friends were present and expressed their high regard for Charles with their prayer and presence. Prof. Wisman, under whose tutorship they young man acquired his education, in a few remarks paid high tribute to his character. The pastor of the church, Rev. Wm. Shenk, made touching and appropriate remarks for the comfort of the bereaved ones, while the choir rendered beautiful music.