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Thomas August Nelson passes away at age 67

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Thomas August Nelson passed away on August 31, 2017, in Valparaiso, IN, from complications due to congestive heart failure. He was 67 years old.

Tom was born in Northwest Indiana on November 10, 1949, to Arthur Nelson and Barbara (Kubic) Nelson.

He was the older of two sons, and spent his childhood active in Boy Scout Troop #68. Tom earned the Eagle Scout Badge, and was also a lifelong member of the Augsburg Lutheran Church of Porter, IN. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1967, and later attended Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN, graduating with a degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management.

Tom returned to Northwest Indiana after college and began working at LTV Steel in management, and then later at US Steel, where he accumulated over 37 years of service. He also worked for 35 years at H & R Block where he thrived as a tax preparation expert. Tom took frequent winter trips to the north woods of Wisconsin and Michiganís UP, riding snowmobiles and enjoying time with friends and family. He was an avid golfer who was both invigorated and frustrated by the game. As a lifelong and diehard Chicago Cubs fan, Tom enjoyed these past few seasons as much as anyone, and was forever grateful he lived to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series. Also an ardent supporter of Boilermaker Athletics, Tom loved watching Purdueís football and basketball teams, rooting them on each season.

Tom was preceded in death by both his parents, and younger brother Terry (2008). Tom had the privilege of spending over 43 years married to the love of his life, Diane (Kuta) who also proceeded him in death on August 22, 2017.

Tom is survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, and members of the Kuta family. He is also survived by nephew Mitch and wife Angie, and their young children, Lorraine and Barrett, who Tom enjoyed spending significant time with over the past three years.

Tomís striking wit, sense of humor and constant steady approach to life were recognized and loved by all who knew him, and will surely be missed.

There will be no public services, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shirley Heinz Land Trust or the Lakeshore Humane Society in Tomís name. Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.


Posted 9/8/2017




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