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Carrol Cody Nelson

Posted 2006-10-07 by Gail Meyer Kilgore
Carrol Cody Nelson

Carrol Cody Nelson died Sunday, Oct. 1, at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. Nelson was 67 years old.

He was born in Ft. Towson, Okla., on Oct. 11, 1938. His parents were the late William and Willie (Van Epperson) Nelson.

As a young boy, Nelson moved with his family to Coolidge, Ariz., where he went to school, graduating from Coolidge High School. He then joined the National Guard where he served two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Nelson spent the next four years in service to his country.

After receiving an honorable discharge, Nelson returned to civilian life and worked all over the country as a “hard rock miner.” He settled in the Leadville area working at the Climax Molybdenum Mine and also diamond mining around Twin Lakes.

Nelson loved fishing and all kinds of hunting. He was an avid Broncos fan and enjoyed going to the Bronco and CU games with his long-time companion Patty.

Nelson will always be remembered for his love and devotion to his mother whom the family affectionately calls the “1st Willie.”
Nelson was a former member of the Leadville Elks Club and also belonged to the Masonic Lodge in New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Clarence, Amos William, Ervin and Clinton Nelson.

Nelson is survived by his dear friend, Patty McMahon in Leadville; his daughter Pamela Nelson; one brother, Larry Nelson and his wife Jean, in Mesa, Ariz.; and two sisters, Dorothy Mae Lovelis, also in Mesa, and Virginia Russell in California. Nelson is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Leadville. The Reverend Bill Bland officiated.

Nelson was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville. Following the interment, Nelson’s family and friends gathered at the Silver Dollar Saloon to remember and honor him.

Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home

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