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Dennis Nelson

July 20, 1925 — July 5, 2017

Dennis Nelson, 91, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on July 5th, 2017 in French Lick, Indiana.

He was born in Orange County, Indiana on July 20th, 1925 to Albert Nelson and Virginia “Purkhiser” Nelson.

Dennis married Violet Irene Jones who preceded him in death on September 5th, 1979 and then married Grace Evelyn Harrison Kearby and she survives.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, (2) brothers – Murl and Eugene Nelson and (2) sisters – Juanita Pendley and Geneva Roach.

Dennis was a second-generation minister, ordained with the Wesleyan Tabernacle Association. While in ministry, he pastored first at Nicholson Valley Church, then at Crystal Community Church and last at Highland Chapel Church in West Baden Springs, Indiana. Dennis was also a farmer, worked in contracting, started Nelson’s Masonry and owned Twin City Lumber with his sons Gerald and Tim Nelson in French Lick.

Dennis was very proud of the time he spent serving his country in WWII and loved to tell stories.  He was a Corpsman in the United States Navy and one of the first soldiers to land on Sasebo, Japan after the allied victory. Dennis was a member of the West Baden American Legion Post #149 and attended the West Baden Springs High School before enlisting in the Navy.

Dennis is survived by:

Wife Grace Nelson French Lick, Indiana

(2) Sons Gerald Nelson (Vicki) French Lick, Indiana
Tim Nelson (Rexanna) French Lick, Indiana

(1) Daughter Exzelia Montgomery (Gerald) Shoals, Indiana

(1) Step-son Ronald S. Kearby (Terri) Williamsport, Indiana

(7) Grandchildren (16) Great-Grandchildren (2) Great-Great-Grandchildren

(3) Step-Grandchildren (9) Step-Great-Grandchildren

A Funeral Ceremony will be conducted by Bro. Gerald Montgomery and Pastor John Moffatt at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel in French Lick, Indiana.  Burial will follow in Highland Chapel Cemetery, West Baden Springs, Indiana.

Friends may call Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and 12:00 (noon) until the time of service on Sunday at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dennis can be made to Highland Chapel Church or Highland Chapel Cemetery, c/o Vonda Albright, 11097 Country Pines Road, Shoals, IN 47581.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dennis Nelson, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Funeral Ceremony

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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