Jean Phillip Nelson, 87, of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Jamestown, N.Y., and McKean County, died Tuesday morning at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
He was born in Kane, the son of the late Bernard F. and Edna T. (Songer) Nelson.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Barbara J. (Betsinger) Nelson; two daughters from a previous marriage: Cheryl Monaco (husband, Ronald) of Columbus, Ohio, and Candace Steck (husband, Rolfe) of Orchard Park, N.Y.; a stepson, Curtis Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y.; four granddaughters: Nicole Saltzman, Natalie Monaco, Dr. Erin Steck-Silvestri and Lauren Steck; and three great-grandchildren: Ella Silvestri, Henry Silvestri and Camila Saltzman.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Courtney Ann (Nelson) Elias.
Mr. Nelson was a graduate of Hamlin Township High School, and earned an associate degree from Warren Business College, where he served as vice president of his class.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving with the 3rd Air Force, 467th Base Unit as a B-29 specialist, from 1943-1946, attaining the rank of corporal. He was then reassigned as a bandsman-trumpeter in the 369th Army Air Force Band at Will Rogers Air Force Base in Oklahoma, and subsequently to 679th Army Air Force Band at Kearns, Utah.
Jean was employed as paymaster/assistant office manager at The Warren Baking Company, Warren County, and then retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as an underwriter, and also served in management.
He was formerly an active member of Kushequa Union Church, McKean County, where he provided trumpet accompaniment and bugle music. He was also a former member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Jamestown, N.Y., where he served as usher and deacon.
Jean was a member of Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge 65 F. & A. M., Jamestown, N.Y., Jamestown Consistory, Ismalia/Jamestown Shrine Clubs, Vikings Lodge 65, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, Air Force Association, AARP, Metropolitan Veterans Field Association, National Geographic Society, Jamestown Municipal Concert Band and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 134.
He was active in the Jamestown Ice Figure Skating program, and for 15 years, served as spokesperson for "The Icersizers," a senior citizen ice skating group. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service (with military flag honors accorded by Blair County Veterans Honor Guard) Friday, June 7, 2013, at the chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, with the Rev. Jerry McCuller Jr. and Pastor Phil Waite officiating. Private interment will follow at Bridgeview Cemetery, Mount Jewett, McKean County.
Arrangements by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.