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Clarence Loyd Nelson, son of Benjamin Harrison and Arline Maud (Loyd)Nelson was born at the family home in Jonesburg on November 3, 1928.
He was a 1946 graduate of Jonesburg High School and received a degree in Business Administration from Westminster College, Fulton MO in 1950, where he was given the nickname of “Red”, due to his auburn hair. He was inducted into the Army on March 7, 1951, served in Newport News Virginia, Camp Kilmer New Jersey and in the 373rd Transportation Major Company at Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland earning the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Clarence joined the United Methodist Church as a very young boy and was deeply devoted to his faith his entire life. He began working as a teenager at the Jonesburg Chicken Coop Factory and then at Roy Patterson’s Garage. In his late teen years, for several summers, Clarence worked on the Charles Ludy Farm during Hay Season. Hard work, but he enjoyed the noontime meals fixed by the local women. However, had to eat in a hurry, because he and his friend Jim Ludy grabbed their baseball gloves for a quick workout before going back to the fields.
Always being passionate about sports, Clarence and his brother JB along with schoolmates and local kids played any game that was in season from baseball to football then basketball. Farm chores had to be done before playtime, but Clarence found the time to juggle it all. As soon as he learned to read the sports section of the newspaper he always studied each day to see how the St. Louis Cardinals were standing in the records. He followed every game and discussed the games with many of the local Jonesburg men and they called him “Cardinal”, and even 40 years later, some of the elders of the town would call out “Hello Cardinal” when a chance meeting would occur. Clarence and JB attended many games during the 1930’s at the Sportsman Park where they were members of the Knothole Gang.
While serving in the military, when not on duty, Clarence and the guys in his unit competed furiously on the Camp’s Basketball Court and their team competed against other army bases from the States. After his discharge and returning home, he went back to the baseball diamond and played on the Jonesburg Home Team.
When he went to work at Boatmen’s National Bank in St. Louis in 1953, he was excited to find out they had a fast pitch Softball team that played in the St. Louis Municipal (Muny) Bankers League. He played on the team and later became the Coach and Manager, playing competitive until he was 47 years of age. Clarence was the manager of the Trading (stocks and bonds) Division of the Bank’s Trust Department, between 36 and 37 years, promoted to Senior Trust Officer, before retiring in 1991. He enjoyed the challenges of the stock market; keeping informed of daily business news up until a few days before his journey home with the angels.
On October 18, 1975, he married Linda Jean King at the Glenview Chapel Assembly of God Church in Granite City Illinois. They spent their honeymoon in Colorado and both enjoyed the scenic beauty and the great fishing and returned almost every fall until 2015. Late fall found Clarence and Linda fishing in the Missouri Ozarks and coming back to the family farm in time for the opening of Quail Season.
Weekends found him in Jonesburg or in Montgomery and New Florence actively, managing the family’s farming operation.
Clarence was a deeply religious, a man of dignity, a devoted husband, loved his extended family of Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. He was a man of honesty, integrity, always putting others before himself and never too busy when his family or friends needed help or asked for guidance.
He wanted to be remembered by the words, “He did the Best that He could”, and “Fought the Good Fight”.
He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother James Benjamin Nelson.
Clarence is survived by his wife Linda Jean Nelson of St. Charles County, Nephew James W. (Susie) Nelson, House Springs Missouri and Niece Linda Jane (Joseph) Haralson, Albany Oregon and many Cousins, Great Nephews, Great Nieces, Brother-in-laws and Sister-in-laws and numerous friends.