Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, with Pastor Tom Lewis officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.
Charles Dean Nelson was born Nov. 23, 1933, the son of George and Elsie (Adamson) Nelson, at Cherokee, Iowa. He graduated from Aurelia High School in 1951. He attended Iowa State University for two years. Dean then served in the U.S. Army for two years and then returned to Iowa State University for two more years, graduating in 1958 with his degree in animal husbandry.
On Aug. 9, 1958, Dean married Darlene Stief at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Dean worked for Rath Packing in Waterloo, Iowa, State Bank in Sycamore, Ill, and the Pillsbury Research Farm at Clinton, Iowa, until 1963, when they moved to Aurelia and began farming.
Dean was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee where he served as a church board member and elder and as a Sunday school teacher. He served as a Pitcher Township Trustee, was a member of the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post No. 390 of Aurelia and was on boards for Midwest Christian Children's Home and Farmers Co-op in Aurelia. Dean was an avid Iowa State fan and enjoyed following his children and grandchildren in all activities.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Nelson of Aurelia; six children, Kirk and his wife, Marcia Nelson of Aurelia, and their children, Kati and fiance, Jared Knock and Tyler and Kale Nelson; Jill and her husband, Troy Lee of Des Moines, and their children, Courtney and Hunter Lee; Sue and her husband, Dave Schmeling of San Diego, Calif., and their children, Emily, Taylor and Abby Schmeling; Joni and her husband, Jason Hawk of Sheridan, Mo., and their children, Garrett, Morgan and Madison Hawk; Kyle and his wife, Jil Nelson of Pella, Iowa, and their children, Regan, Trevor, Ben and Grant Nelson; and Kent and his wife, Marcy Nelson of Spencer, Iowa, and their children, Lyndsay, Brenna, Sadie and Averie Nelson. Also surviving are one brother, Sherm and his wife, Joanne Nelson of Aurelia; sister-in-law, Betty Nelson of Cherokee; two brothers-in-law, Dave and Kay Colby of Silverbay, Minn., and Chuck and Verda Stief of Ankeny, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Helen Brehmer of Stephenville, Texas, and Shirley Walker of Waverly, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents; one brother, Ron Nelson; his twin sister, Deon Colby; and one nephew, Greg Nelson.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.