ROSBURG - Roy "Nels" Nelson, 77, of Rosburg died July 9, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

He was born on July 13, 1928, on the family farm in Salmon Creek, near Naselle to Gunnar and Eva (Alanen) Nelson. He attended school in Salmon Creek and Naselle and was a resident of Rosburg for 55 years.

On May 8, 1948, he married Dolores Larson in Long Beach. In his early years, Mr. Nelson was a truck driver for Grays River Log, the Grays River Creamery (Darigold) and Oneida Ready Mix Company. Later he was a truck driver and mechanic for RV Larson Trucking and then became part owner of Larson-Nelson Trucking until his retirement.

He was very fond of his family and friends and enjoyed greeting them with candy, smoked fish, or a good story. He had many hobbies and enjoyed the outdoors, but is best known and appreciated for his various mechanical abilities. His motto was "General repairs will take a few minutes, but the impossible will take a little longer."

Survivors include his wife Dolores Nelson of Rosburg; sons, Gary Nelson of Vancouver and Greg (Karen) Nelson of Naselle; daughters, Trudy Nelson of Vancouver and Lisa (Darrell) Nelson-Fields of Naselle; sisters, Frances Penttila and Betty Vaughn of Naselle; granddaughters, Kelsi, Karli, and Kayti Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grays River Fire Department and First Aid Division, P.O. Box 10, Grays River, WA 98621. Arrangements by Dowling Funeral Home of Cathlamet.

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