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Richard Wayne Nelson

Benton, AR, 1947 - 2019

Richard Wayne Nelson, age 72 of Benton, passed away November 8, 2019. He was born May 12, 1947 in Indio, California, to Aubyn and Walter Nelson.
Richard grew up in California. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman until his volunteer service in the United States Air Force, serving his country honorably in Vietnam. Upon his return, he again returned to work for Southern Pacific Railroad as a dispatcher.
Richard and his family moved to Van Buren, Arkansas in the summer of 1987. The family then relocated to central Arkansas in 2005.
He was an avid reader of all things historical or financial, he enjoyed listening to Jazz, and would gladly engage in a knowledgeable and enthusiastic discussion on investing, politics, religion, weapons or any subject of interest.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Darlene and two sons, Douglas of Washington, Utah, Tyler of Bryant, Arkansas, sister, Kay Aikens, Van Buren, Arkansas, and three grandchildren.
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Published November 9, 2019

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