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Obituary: Ray Conder Nelson

Beloved family patriarch Ray Conder

Nelson passed away in his sleep at home on March 18, 2001.

He was born May 1, 1917, in American Fork, Utah, to Wilford Osmond Nelson and Stella Conder Nelson, oldest of five sons. He graduated from American Fork High School and Brigham Young University. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in England in the Army Air Corp. He married his high school sweetheart, Affra McNeill, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on December 12, 1945. They are the parents of three children, Dennis, Richard, and Marilyn.

After serving in World War II for four and a half years, he began his service to American Fork City. He served under eight mayors for 36 uninterrupted years. He was known as "Mister American Fork." He was a longtime public servant and a friend of the community. An avid fisherman, he never met a brown trout he did not like or a creek he did not fall into! His greatest joy in life was his family.

He is survived by his loving wife; sons Dennis (Norine), South Jordan; Richard (Marilyn B.), Wellsville; daughter Marilyn (Paul) Snell, Sandy; 16 grandchildren, (two serving missions for the Church) and 12 great-grandchildren (and two more expected soon); brothers Bill (JoEllen), Twin Falls, Idaho; Glen (June), missionaries in the Iowa Des Moines Mission; and sister-in-law Willa Nelson, Draper. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson and brothers, James B. (Jim) and Robert K. (Bob) Nelson.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at the American Fork 18th Ward, 381 South 300 East. Friends may call at

Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork; from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, and at the church Thursday from 9:30 -10:45 a.m. before the services. Burial, American Fork Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Missionary Fund.