Paul Everett Nelson

December 27, 1928 - May 11, 2014

Welcome to the Online Memorial for Mr. Paul Everett Nelson

This is a dedication to the memory of Paul Everett Nelson.  Paul, 85, passed away May 11, 2014 at his home on the Northwest side of Chicago.  He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Glenn and Dorothea (Grover) Nelson.  He is survived by his wife, Lesbia,  his children, Paul Jr. (Meredith), Andrew (Cynthia), Barbara, and, Linda, as well as Grandchildren Rebecca, Andrew, Paul, and Ella.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara, and his beloved older brothers, Donald and Melvin,  who succumbed to diphtheria within a few weeks of each other as children.


Paul was retired after a successful, 42 year career with the Milwaukee Road and with Metra when the line was taken over.  An avid Chicago White Sox Fan, he took great pleasure in their 2005 World Series Championship win.  In the 1930's, he used to climb the trees behind the old Comiskey park with his brothers to watch the games.  Paul enjoyed traveling as well, exploring Cuba, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, England, Ireland, and Jamaica.   On one of these trips as a young man, he traveled to Cuba while on vacation from the railroad and met his wife Lesbia, who lovingly cared for him until his passing.


He had fond memories of traveling cross-country from Chicago with his children to visit his Mother, Sister, and Nephews in Southern California.  His Mother, whom everyone called "Bomma", lived in Glendora near Paul's Sister Barbara and his nephews, Dan and Steve O'Connell.  After his Mother's passing, he would stay with his nephew Steve for extended visits.   He enjoyed going to Arlington Park Raceway, and even into his 70's, he climbed the fence to avoid paying the entrance fees.  A frugal habit carried over from his days climbing trees at Comiskey.  Paul was loved by many and will be remembered for his feisty attitude and sense of humor.  His family will no doubt share their many memories for generations to come.


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