Noel Edward “Ed” Nelson passed away Jan. 23, 2019, at Sea View Senior Living in Brookings. He was born in Seattle, Washington, to Elmore and Katherine (Wider) Nelson on Dec. 19, 1938.

Ed graduated from Cap High School in 1956 and enlisted in the Navy that same year for a three-year term. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Montana, graduating in 1962. He worked as a probation officer for Sacramento County, California, and his last position was supervising other deputy probation officers.

Prior to moving to Brookings in 2001, Ed and his wife traveled for 14 years on a 54-foot trawler, going to British Columbia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Belize, Cartagena, South America, Cuba, Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York and Connecticut.

He enjoyed water skiing, camping and golf.

Ed was very proud of his service in the Navy, having served in active duty from 1956 to 1959, and as a member of the Naval Reserve until October 1989.

Ed is survived by his wife, Beverly Nelson; daughters, Sara and Joanna Nelson and son in law, Matt; grandchildren, Nelson, Gabe and Reed; stepdaughter, Debbie Schatz and stepson, Chris Britton; step-grandchildren, Melissa, Andrea, Ashley, Mason and Carl; and step great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Noah and Emilio.

At Ed’s request, no services will be held. Donations in Ed’s name may be made to the South Coast Humane Society. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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