Honoring a Clarks Grove WWII veteran and local inspiration

Published 8:18 pm Thursday, June 27, 2024

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Family, friends and community members gathered Thursday at Faith Baptist Church in Clarks Grove to remember World War II veteran Milton “Mickey” Nelson on what would have been his 104th birthday.

Nelson died May 14.

Aside from his military service, Nelson was known throughout his life for his school bus business and for taking over his father’s gravel business through 1967.

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Nelson gained notoriety in 2020 when he was about to turn 100 years of age and was encouraged to walk 100 miles to raise money for the local Salvation Army food shelf. He met his goal and raised over $110,000 in the process.

To read his full obituary, click here.