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Howard L. Nelson, 95, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012 at Calvin Community where he was a resident.

He was born on October 13, 1916 to John B. and Pearl Herbert Nelson. They lived on a farm in Audubon County. He attended a one-room country school through eighth grade and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1934.

After high school Howard worked on the farm and in 1938 moved to Des Moines and entered Capital City Commercial College while Mae taught in country schools in Cass County. Howard graduated from Four C's in June, 1940. They were married August 28, 1940 and joined Westminster Presbyterian Church on March 1, 1941.

Howard's first job was with the State Insurance Department for six months. He and his boss went to work for American Mutual Life Insurance Company where he worked for 40 years. He retired on July 1, 1980. Howard enlisted in the Navy on December 15, 1942, and spent 37 months working in the IBM Department in the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C.

After discharge, the family moved back to 46th Street in Des Moines where they lived for 7 years. In 1953 they built a new home in Urbandale where they lived for 38 years. During those years Howard spent 32 years as a volunteer fireman, 10 years on the Planning & Zoning Commission and 2 years on the Board of Adjustment. He was named "Citizen of the Year" in the 1970's.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Fern Herbert, wife, Mae Warren Nelson in 2004, and daughters, Jan Tinder in 2000 and Marilyn Fisher in 1993.

He is survived by daughter, Betty (Maurice) Dyer of Indianola; son-in-law, Dick (Susan) Tinder of Pleasantville; and son-in-law, Jerry Fisher of New Boston, IL; grandchildren Bonnie (Tom) Keating of Bellemead, NJ; Rich (Rachel) Chase of Buffalo, IA; Byron (Tammy) Tinder of Gilbert; Sarah (Todd) Keyser of Indianola; Aaron (Christy) Tinder of Indianola; Alex Dyer of Indianola; Jessica (Michael) Forinash of Nashville, TN; and Maryanne Dyer of Nashville, TN. Great-grandchildren include: Colton, Emma and Garrett Keating; Devon and Victoria Chase; Blake Tinder; Ellen and Will Keyser; Kylie and Owen Tinder.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, July 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Calvin Community or Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Indianola, all places that were near and dear to Howard.