Arlie L. Nelson

Jan. 30, 1935 - May 22, 2008

Arlie L. Nelson, 73, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 22, 2008, at his residence. He was born Jan. 30, 1935, in Eureka Springs, Ark., the son of the late Paul and Katie (nee White) Nelson.

Arlie was employed at Alpha Cast of Whitewater for 37 years and later went to work for Whitewater Manufacturing. He enjoyed bird watching at his home and spending time with his family.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Joyce (nee Geitner), whom he married June 9, 1956, in the town of Genesee. He is further survived by his four children, Catherine (Randy) Olp of Delavan, Gale (Allen) Petrie of Spooner, Gary (Laurie) Nelson of Fort Atkinson and Carol Nelson of Palmyra; brothers, Loren (Judy) Nelson of Pea Ridge, Ark., and Floyd (Rita) Nelson of Hindsville, Ark.; 11 grandchildren, Allen (Nikki) Petrie Jr., Crystal (Mark) Joyner, Timothy (Stevie) Petrie, Joshua Nelson, Jason Nelson, Zachary Nelson, Dustin Nelson, Shaun Olp, Sara Olp, Amy Rich and Amber Rich; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Jo and Pryce Petrie, Cameron and Kaleb Joyner, Reece and Jacob Petrie and Sophie Brown; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Nelson. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Arlie was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Nelson, and two nieces and two nephews.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, May 27, at Mealys Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra. The Rev. Eric L. Sedmak will officiate with burial at Hillside Cemetery in Palmyra.

Mealys Funeral Home in Palmyra is assisting the family, 495-2127.