Arthur G. Nelson, 83, Brookings, died Jan. 10, 2002, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

He was born June 11, 1918, in North Dakota, where he grew up.

He married Elsie Stephens in 1935 and they moved to Brookings from Lewiston, Idaho, in 1961. He was a shareholder in Brookings Plywood until he retired in 1979.

He married Elly Giere in 1981. They attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings.

Survivors include his wife, Elly of Brookings; sisters, Marie Shine of Lewiston, Idaho, and Agnes Capnerhurst of British Columbia; sons, Arthur Eugene Nelson of Lewiston, Idaho; Cecil Darrel Nelson of Brookings; Kenneth Nelson of Las Vegas; Steve Giere of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Susan Ryan of Brookings; and Lisa DeMaio of Valencia, Calif.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emily in 1980; daughter, Helen Gilkey; sister, Venla Wherley and brother, Elmer Nelson.

A memorial service will be today (Jan. 12) at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings. Burial and service in Lewiston will be at a later date.