Nelson Edward Williamson, 84, Huntingburg

Nelson Edward Williamson, 84, died at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Huntingburg.

Born July 1, 1935, in Boonville, to the late Dorothy (Lance) and Nelson Williamson, he attended Lynnville High School where he met his lifelong love, Ruth Ellen (Bredemeier) Williamson, to whom he was wed on January 22, 1955, and whom he cherished through his final breath.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Nelson spent four years as a San Diego-based submariner onboard the U.S.S. Charr and U.S.S. Segundo before returning to Indiana and a long career as a workingman. Beginning as a welder with Machine Works, he later manned teams of tradesmen building substantial portions of Interstate 64 with Olinger Construction before working in the mines.

He was also active in his community after taking off his uniform; a 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member and Past Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Lodge No. 520 in Huntingburg. A master fisherman, his love for angling wove itself throughout his retirement years. His following mastery of woodworking gave way to humble but studious interests in learning the Spanish language and bass guitar.

Nelson was survived by Ruth, his loving wife of 64 years, sister, Angeline Hemenway of Somerville, South Carolina, brother, David Lee (Pamela) Williamson of Newburgh, daughter, Sherry (Rob) Hart of Cincinnati, Ohio, son, David Wayne Williamson of Holland, grandchildren, Tristan Williamson of San Diego, California, Robert Hart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Lindsay (Hart) Karr of Cincinnati, Ohio, and great-granddaughter, Lilly Williamson of San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Williamson (1954).

In keeping with his wishes and in lieu of a memorial service, Nelson’s body has been gifted to Indiana University Anatomical Education Center, reflecting his legacy of a lifelong love for learning and discovery.

Donations in memoriam can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.




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