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Mountain View Mortuary

2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Paul J. Nelson

July 18, 1930November 6, 2019
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Paul Joseph Nelson, 89, entered heaven on November 6, 2019, at Bear Creek Senior Living in Colorado Springs. Paul served God faithfully throughout his years and received the Lord’s love and comfort in his final days. Paul was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 18, 1930, to the late Joe and Ruth Nelson. He grew up in Ceresco, Nebraska.

Paul served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. He received his Honorable Discharge in October of 1953. After the Army, Paul earned his Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees in Education from Dana College (Blair, Nebraska) and The University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska). Upon graduation, Paul married Helen Hultquist of Stromsburg, Nebraska. They were blessed with 61 years of marriage and raised two daughters, Lori Nelson Dewhirst and Lisa Nelson Presley.

Paul began his 36- year career in education as a coach and physical education teacher. For many years he worked as an elementary school principal in Omaha, Nebraska with the Westside District 66 Public School System. He was the first Director of Outdoor Education for District 66, President for the Westside Education Association, and President of the Region II Elementary Principals. Paul received the Nebraska Counseling Association Administrative Award in 1993 and the Distinguished Principal’s Award for Region II Elementary Principals in 1987. He was regarded by the teachers, parents, and students as an outstanding leader and most importantly, a kind and caring man.

Paul and Helen were active members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston, Nebraska. They sang in the choir for years. Also, they volunteered for 14 years in the gift shop at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. They moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2011 and became members of First Presbyterian Church. Through the years, Paul enjoyed following professional and collegiate sports; especially his Nebraska Cornhuskers. He liked to golf, work in his yard and garden, and spend time with his family and friends. Together Paul and Helen enjoyed music and attending the symphonies in Omaha and Colorado Springs. Paul shared a warm smile and kind words to everyone, always remembering their names.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Helen, daughters Lori (Miles) and grandchildren Julia Bowers (Gared), Breanne Brulotte (AJ), and Abby Dewhirst; Lisa (Ted) and grandchildren Alyssa Hartley (Josh), Laura, Kirsten, and Erin Presley. Paul is also survived by sister, Margaret Skoog, brother Charles Nelson and wife Gail, sisters-in-laws Harriet Fenster and Betty Hultquist and many special nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place Monday, November 18, 2019, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO, in the Cathedral Room on the 4th floor in the Worship Center. A private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon’s Fund for First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

  • FAMILY

  • Ruth Nelson, Mother (deceased)
  • Joe Nelson, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Hultquist) Nelson, Wife
  • Lori (Miles) Dewhirst, Daughter
  • Lisa (Ted) Presley, Daughter
  • Julia (Gared) Bowers, Grandchild
  • Breanne (AJ) Brulotte, Grandchild
  • Abby Dewhirst, Grandchild
  • Alyssa (Josh) Hartley, Grandchild
  • Laura Presley, Grandchild
  • Kirsten Presley, Grandchild
  • Erin Presley, Grandchild
  • Margaret Skoog, Sister
  • Charles (Gail) Nelson, Brother
  • Harriet Fenster, Sister-in-law
  • Betty Hultquist, Sister-in-law
  • Paul is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Miles Dewhirst, Pallbearer
  • Ted Presley, Pallbearer
  • Gared Bowers, Pallbearer
  • AJ Brulotte, Pallbearer
  • John Skoog, Pallbearer
  • Breanne Brulotte, Pallbearer
  • Alyssa Hartley, Pallbearer
  • Abby Dewhirst, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Deacon's Fund for First Presbyterian Church

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Memories

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Linda Leary

November 19, 2019

Paul welcomed me with the first computer on my first day as Media Specialist at Loveland School in late August 1981. His warmth enveloped and supported me in my new position. His welcome provided me a very positive introduction to the District 66 Community. His kindness and positive leadership impressed me immediately and during my time at Loveland . I will cherish his smile and soft voice tone. Thank you for sharing Paul with me.

Meagan Van Gelder

November 15, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Nelson welcomed me when I moved to my new school in 1978. I still remember he gave me a prize from his treasure chest to welcome me as a new 2nd grader at Prairie Lane Elementary. I now serve on the Westside Board of Education and my two children attend Westside Community Schools. He was very kind. With deepest sympathy, Meagan Van Gelder

Jan Kyle

November 14, 2019

Sending my deepest sympathies to Paul’s family and friends. Paul was my principal at Hillside where I began my teaching career. He was a supportive principal and a caring person. I have so many fond memories of working with him!

LaBerta Dewhirst

November 14, 2019

We were happy when Paul and Helen moved here to Colorado Springs. We have enjoyed many happy gatherings together
with our shared grown children and granddaughters.
He was such a fun, kind and gracious fellow. We will miss him, but are thankful He is now with his loving Lord.

Marilyn Hammond

November 14, 2019

Paul was a kind and caring individual! I met him in 1971 when he interviewed me for a teaching position at Prairie Lane. I was hired to teach 4-5-6th grades in Pod Two. That was the beginning of my career in District 66.

Paul was always supportive and had a great relationship with staff, students, and parents. I’m so fortunate to have had him be a part of my early days of teaching.

I hope it helps the family to know how special people felt about your gracious husband/father/grandfather. He will be missed!

Erica Riffner

November 13, 2019

Paul was my principal throughout my elementary years at Hillside Elementary School. He was so kind to the students. Always a warm smile on his face.

Cheryll McIntyre

November 13, 2019

With a heavy heart we send our thoughts and prayers to Paul's Family. We have known and loved Paul since we all worked at Hummel Park Summer Day Camp Program and then Prairie Lane and Hillside Elementary Schools. Paul will be remembered fondly. We will miss his smile and hugs.
Cheryll & Dennis McIntyre

Susan Stuva

November 13, 2019

I was on the Hillside Community Club Board the year Mr. Nelson retired and was fortunate enough to speak at his retirement party. I loved Mr. Nelson but more importantly so did my children. Your husband, dad, grandfather touched many lives over the years. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

Ardys Hansum

November 13, 2019

To the Family,
I was a library para at Prairie Lane during the 1972--73 school year. Your husband/father made me feel right at home, and I enjoyed working under him. He was such a pleasant, positive person.
May you be comforted by many friends and wonderful memories.
Sincerely,
Ardys

Westside Community Schools Human Resources Department

November 13, 2019

Sending our thoughts and prayers to comfort your family during this difficult time of mourning.

Deepest Condolences,
Westside Human Resources

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