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John E. Nelson, 69, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on October 31, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 6:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, 11800 Milton Thompson Rd. Mr. Nelson was born February 26, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri.
John found his life journey in Jehovah’s Witnesses when he was a teenager. He served Jehovah God faithfully for 50 years. Because of his faith, he refused to carry a gun when he was drafted at 18. He was made a medic instead for his 17-month tour of duty in Vietnam. The Agent Orange he was exposed to there affected his health severely in his last few months. In pain, facing rapidly diminishing ability, and adamant he didn’t want a lingering death, John chose to end his life. He will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents Norville and Josephine Nelson and brother Joseph Nelson.
Survivors include sister Carol Shifflett, sister in law Janet Nelson, nephew Andrew Nelson, niece Nina Nelson, niece Rachel Segobia, nephew Rudy Segobia and great nieces and nephews Alex, Isaac, and Sofia.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Veterans Administration Center, 4801 E Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri; Attn: Volunteer Services.