Alfred William Nelson, age 72, of Aline, Oklahoma, went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 4, 2015. He was born on June 23, 1943 in Folsom, Oklahoma to Joe and Opal (Wolfe) Nelson. He attended grade school at Folsom and then finished his grade school and high school years at Coleman. He started his college years at Murray State in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He graduated with a BS in Science from Southeastern University in Durant, Oklahoma. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Biology at NWOSU in Alva, Oklahoma.
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He met the love of his life, Jo (Hoyle-Milacek) Nelson, at his first teaching job in Waukomis, Oklahoma. They married on March 29, 1969 in Bison, Oklahoma. They were blessed with two children, Christina and Chris.
Alfred went on to teach for 35 years in Oklahoma at other schools including Helena-
Goltry, Okeene, Aline-Cleo and finished in Fairview, where he retired. As sitting idle was never his thing, he taught another seven years in Medicine Lodge, Kansas where he retired a second time. For good measure, he squeezed in one more semester at NWOSU in Alva, Oklahoma.
He touched countless lives in his years of teaching and absolutely never knew a stranger. He had a passion for learning and passing that knowledge on to anyone who stood still long enough to hear him speak. He was nominated three times by former students and was chosen all three times to be in the Who’s Who of American Teachers. He also held a title of Oklahoma Science Teacher of the year.
Alfred was a brilliant, funny and compassionate man who deeply loved his family and friends. He loved to travel with his wife, children and grandchildren and took them on many very special vacations. He had been to forty-nine states and twelve foreign countries.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Opal Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jo Nelson; daughter, Christina Eshleman and husband, Troy and their daughters, Savanna and Kacie; son, Chris Nelson and Tiffani and their daughters, Drew, Gabi and her mother, Heather; a sister, Shirley Longfellow and a brother, Arvil Nelson and wife, Vera and his second mother, Ivon Milacek as well as numerous other special relatives.
Funeral service for Alfred will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015 at First Christian Church in Aline with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery near Dacoma. Pastor Polly Young will officiate and arrangements. Viewing will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with family present 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lanman’s in Cherokee.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation through the funeral home.
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Mr. Nelson was such a special educator. Prayer’s and sympathies to his family and all the countless people that he has touch through his life. He had such an infectious laugh and was able to teach with such passion. He will be missed but not forgotten!
Fairview High Class of 99
Jo and family, Our deepest sympathy in your sudden loss. May each of you find comfort in special memories, and may the love of our Lord warm your hearts, giving you strength in the coming days.
Dale & Vaughna Schmidt
Mr. Nelson was a wonderful teacher. It was so obvious that he cared about each and every one of his students and many of us can still hear that contagious laugh today. You couldn't help but smile back when you got a smile from Mr. Nelson. And you got a lot of smiles from Mr. Nelson. :) His passion for learning and his heart for God continue in the lives of his students and family and friends. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to Jo and the rest of his family.
Fairview Class of 1985
I was so sorry to hear about Alfred. I didn't know him real well but when I did see him he was always such a nice person. Mama (Evelyn Steffey) and David wanted me to send their regards also. I will be praying for you and your family. May God be with you and give you comfort during this time.
Love you from your cousin,
Alfred, my very loving brother-in-law, will be missed by many. Alfred touched many lives with his willingness to share his knowledge and genuine love of life. I feel very fortunate to have had him in my family. Jo, thank you for picking him.
My heartfelt sorrow in the passing of Alfred.
He was a wonderful man and am sorry that it had been so long that we had seen each other.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Janice Smith and Teresa Smith
:Mr. Nelson was a wonderful teacher and will be greatly missed. He made science interesting and fun and always had a good story to share. His passion for teaching kids was always apparent. I was blessed to have him as one of my science teachers at Fairview. My God comfort your family during this difficulty time!!!
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