George Richard Nelson
July 2, 2013
George Richard (Dick) Nelson, of North Bend, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013. He was 90 years of age.
Mr. Nelson was born May 24, 1923, in Portland, Maine, the son of Charles and Harriett Nelson. He was raised in Portland, Maine, and graduated from Portland High School. He also attended the University of Maine, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. He worked for Eastman Kodak, Dennison and Weyerhauser. In 1973, he moved to the Seattle area and continued his work with Weyerhauser.
Mr. Nelson was a 60-year member of the American Chemical Society. He is most noted for the numerous pulp and paper patents that he developed.
Throughout his life, Mr. Nelson was a man with many interests. He loved fly-fishing and tying flies, gardening, hiking, biking, skiing, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren. His love of the outdoors led him to be a docent at Madera Canyon near Tucson, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marian; his daughters Ellen M. Gehling (Gary) and Kristin L. Buzard (David); son Jon T. (Yasuko); seven grandchildren, Les, Sarah, Shizuho, Asaki, Ashley and Hannah; and two great-grandchildren (Jessiah and Mason).
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah with a memorial service at Mt. Si Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. Following the service, there will be a gathering in the fellowship hall for family and friends.
The family suggests remembrances to the Institute for Therapeutic Discovery, P.O. Box 127, Delanson, NY 12053.