Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
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309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Russell J. "Futtz" Nelson Jr., 73 of Whiting, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018. He was born June 8, 1945 in Hammond, IN to the late Russell and Mary Nelson. Mr. Nelson graduated from Hammond High School in 1963 and attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  He became an electrician and member of the IBEW Local 697 for 35 years, working mostly for a family owned business, New Era Electrical Corporation in East Chicago.  Mr. Nelson was also a member of the VFW, the Mason's, and American Legion. Some of his hobbies included: hunting, fishing, boating, and being a meticulous craftsman. He will be remembered as one of the most caring, giving, sensitive, and lovable human beings ever known. During the years 1966-1968, he proudly served his country as a Vietnam Veteran.  Mr. Nelson is also preceded in death by his wife: Patricia (Progar), brother: Peter Nelson, sister-in-law: Barbara Kmak, brothers-in-law: James Lenig, Brad Tait. Mr. Nelson is also survived by sisters: Marilyn Lenig, Sandy Tait, Deborah (Gene) Ferguson, Cynthia Bates, and by brother: Robert (Laura) Nelson. He is survived by Patricia Nelson's daughter: Natalie Toth and son: Jim Toth.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Russell J. Nelson Jr. may be made to your local Veteran's Association, VFW, or American Legion Post 94 of Valparaiso.
A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at Calumet Park Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel at 2305 W. 73rd Ave. Merrillville on October 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 

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