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Julian M. Nelson

Julian M. Nelson

Julian M. Nelson of Enumclaw, Washington passed away at home on March 21, 2018. He was born April 28, 1919 to John and Marie (Larson) Nelson on the family farm in West Union Township, Minnesota. The third of ten children, he grew up with an appreciation of family, the satisfaction of the fruits of hard work one learns from farming, and a love of the Lord. He married his sweetheart of 70 years, Fern Lorraine Swartfager, on October 13, 1940. He served in the U.S. army in the European theatre of WWII. He and Fern established a chick hatchery in Osakis until1952, moving west where they settled on a small farm in Enumclaw, Washington. Julian secured employment at Boeing in Seattle where he remained until his retirement in 1982. Together, he and Fern raised five sons. As a youth, he loved hunting, fishing, and trapping. But his greatest love has always been of the Lord. Though retired, he never stopped working, always having his business card ready to hand off to a stranger which stated he was an "Ambassador of Christ,"affording him many new friendships across the globe. His stories of old family and friends back in Minnesota and his adventures as an ambassador of Christ will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and siblings, Phyllis, Catherine, Art, and David. He is survived by sons Stan (Linda) of Mattawa, Dale (Laura) of Ellensburg, Forrest (Mary), Todd (Tina) of Enumclaw, and Peter (Linda) of Ephrata; siblings Marilyn, Donna, Edward, Dick and Vern, and numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great, great grandchildren. A celebration of life is scheduled for May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Community Church, 24015 SE 436th Way, Enumclaw, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Prison Mission Association, P.O. Box 2300, Port Orchard, Washington 98366.

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