- Ada, Oklahoma

November 15, 2013

William Ervin “Bill” Nelson

Ada — Services for William Ervin “Bill” Nelson, 96, Ada, are 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David L. Daniel is officiating. Burial follows at Woodberry Forest Cemetery in Madill.

Mr. Nelson died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was born Feb. 20, 1917,  at Clarita to Samuel Benton and Lillie Etna Pound Nelson. He graduated from high school and attended East Central University for a year.

He married Lillie Viola Roark Sept. 13, 1942, in Roswell, N.M. She died March 2, 2008, in Ardmore. Mr. Nelson, a lifelong carpenter and woodworker, also worked in several businesses including remodeling, appliance sales, and oilfield equipment sales and repair. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ada, a member of Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr. Nelson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II with the 9th Air Force. He landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day along with the Allied troops. He was called to serve his country again during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant. 

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Nelson, Oklahoma City; three granddaughters, Kim Settle of Oklahoma City, Christy Khan and her husband Obaid of Oklahoma City, and Heather Settle and her husband Adam Haile of North Carolina; his great-grandchildren Josephine Haile, Hamza Khan, Sabira Khan and Danya Khan; several nieces and nephews; a sister, Betty Nelson Rennke, of Denton, Texas; and sister-in-law, Lorene Norton of Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Viola Nelson, and a grandson, Vaughn James.

Bearers will be Stanley Nelson, Jeff Nelson, David Rennke, Obaid Khan, Adam Haile and Mike Barnes.