Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Crown Hill

7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Richard Lee Nelson

August 13, 1939July 21, 2020

Richard Lee Nelson, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 surrounded by family at his home in Golden, Colorado.

Richard was born on August 13, 1939 in Idaho. His childhood was spent on the family farm as the third child in a family of nine children born to Henry and Saville Nelson. He graduated from Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho and later graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Architecture. Richard served honorably in the National Guard, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting. He had the courage of his convictions and was very social. He had a heart for people and was always willing to lend a hand. Above all, he loved spending time with family and friends.

Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 23 years, Joyce; his children, Rachel and Ryan; step-children, Lori, Jody, and Becky; and his siblings Mary, Albert, Thayne (Whitey), Martha, Laura, Doyle, Lila, and Carmen. He will also be fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Ann Nelson, and his parents, Henry and Saville Nelson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary in Wheatridge, Colorado. Due to current events, attendance is limited.

Guests are welcome to attend an open house in Richard’s memory at his home in Golden, Colorado immediately following the service. Please contact the family for additional information.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Judy Scoble

July 31, 2020

I'm very saddened by this. Richard was my first cousin but more he was my classmate in the "one room" Clementsville School. He was only 3 years older but, when I was in third grade he was one of the Big Boys as opposed to W. T., Clara Ann and I as the "little Kids". We listened into their school work. There to start the day, we said a prayer, had the Pledge of Allegiance, and were taught of our free nation.
His nickname was Dick. I thought "The Adventures of Dick and Jane" were about him and Mary.

Daniel Hidalgo

July 30, 2020

All my memories of Richard involve the mid-summer reunions. All my memories of Richard are happy. I will remember the twinkle in his eyes, and his smile-smirk when it was time to get help turning the ice cream. And how we all feel like kids again with an ice cream cone in your hand. Richard had a way to make us feel special and I will miss him dearly for that.


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