Marion Nelson, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in The Drawing Room of Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Laurel Land Cemetery.
Marion was born May 15, 1926, in Kaufman County to Marion M. Sr. and Edna Opal Pyle Nelson. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. Following his military service, he came to Fort Worth to work for General Dynamics. In 1947, he met the beautiful Maxine Gee who was the ticket lady at the Isis Theatre on the north side. After attending many shows, he finally asked her if he could drive her home. He was so glad she accepted, and they married Dec. 18, 1948.
Marion retired after 45 years with what is now Lockheed as manager of the flight line final assembly. Most notably, he managed the final production of the F-16, working 12-hour days, seven days a week for many years.
The Nelsons were longtime members of Carter Park United Methodist Church, and he was also a Mason. Marion lost Maxine on July 5, 2000, after caring for her for years as she battled cancer. He then moved to Parkhurst Farm, owned by his daughter, Theresa, and her husband, John. He spent the rest of his years very happily building a home and their barn, tending horses, scooping poop, throwing hay and mending fences.
He is survived by his daughter, Theresa Burdett and husband, John, of Boyd; grandsons Evan Scott and Aaron Burdett; brother Dale Nelson; extended family members; and his beloved dog, King, and favorite horse, Pops.
Memorials may be made to the Doberman Rescue of North Texas, 2021 Rock Creek Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 76050.