Richard A. Nelson

July 24, 1922 — April 23, 2022


Richard A. Nelson

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, Richard “Dick” Adrian Nelson, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 99. Richard was born on July 24, 1922 in Saugus, MA to Everett and Myrtie Nelson.

Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Everett. He is survived by his wife, Glenna; six children, Richard Jr., Virginia, Cynthia and husband Bill, David, Beverly and husband Haddie, and Jo Anne and husband Steve; five grandchildren, Sarah and husband Will, Caleb, Mari, Danielle, and Nicole; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Sam; niece Judy and husband Bob; nephews Rick and wife Sheree, Gary and wife Carol, Eric and partner Tom, and Bill and wife Darlene.

In his youth, Richard enjoyed spending time at the cabin his father built at Camp Hedding, NH. As an adult, he served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, which he often credited for his travel around the world. In 1946, he attended a dance with Glenna Faye Draper, and they were married two years later on October 9, 1948. They raised their children in North Hampton, NH.

After retiring in 1988, he and Glenna moved to their cozy mountain home that they loved in East Wakefield, NH, where they hosted many family gatherings. Richard and Glenna loved touring New England and Canada on their Gold Wing motorcycle, traveling as far as the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and also flying to Alaska for a motorcycle tour.

He was fond of reading, learning, nature, and automobiles. He loved music, singing as a long time member of the church choir in North Hampton, NH. His church families in North Hampton and Wakefield were very important to him. He was a member of the Lions Club and a Shriner, riding as a member of the Mini Patrol to raise money for Shriners Hospitals. He lived a full life, was a good father, and will be missed by all.

A funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield (2718 Wakefield Rd.) at 10:30 a.m., followed by a burial at Lovell Lake Cemetery in Sanbornville, NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in loving memory of Richard to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Processing Center, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394, online at, or by calling 844-739-0849, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.


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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 14, 2022

10:30 - 11:15am

First Congregational Church

2718 Wakefield Rd, Wakefield, NH 03872

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