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Private family service

Paul Bernard Nelson

Paul Bernard Nelson passed away on October 12, 2021 in his home surrounded by family. He was born May 3, 1941 the son of Merrill and Lena Marie (DeJaeger) Nelson. Paul graduated from Orange High School. On May 26, 1989, he married LeAnn Jo Minnick in Waterloo.

Paul owned and managed the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant in Dike and Waterloo. He also worked at Varsity Cleaners in sales and drove for C&S and Milroy’s. Paul enjoyed cooking, bowling, golfing, go-karting, Iowa football games and going to the casino.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Gerald Nelson; and 3 sisters, Darlene Sells, Marilyn Schuchhardt, and Mary Stoelting. Paul is survived by his wife, LeAnn; son, Paul Nelson Jr. of Waterloo; daughters, Dimita Freed of FL, Kimberly (Benjamin) Brustkern of Waterloo, and Kristie (Robert) Richardson of IN; 8 grandchildren, Meryia, Tyler, Gabrielle, Carter, Kiara, Jazilyn, Tiana, Kaden; 2 great grandchildren, Sophia and Archer; 2 brothers, Dale (Mariann) of Holiday Lake and Ronald (Bonnie) of Waterloo; a sister, Barbara Peterson of Waterloo, and many nieces and nephews.

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