Auctioneer Leon Nelson was farmer, rancher, politician, coach

Leon S. Nelson

Funeral services will be Friday for Leon S. Nelson, 91, of Albion, Neb.

He died Monday at the Boone County Health Center in Albion after a stroke, said his son, Chris Nelson of Albion.

The elder Nelson attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in Indianapolis and spent the next 55 years selling with a series of partners.

Nelson also worked as a farmer, rancher and real estate broker.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the European Theater and was awarded two Purple Hearts.

He was a member of the Albion VFW and American Legion Post 162 and a past commander of both. He founded Albion’s Legion baseball program and coached for many years.

He was a charter member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association. He served many years on its board, was president in 1976 and was Auctioneer of the Year in 1977. He was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1998.

Nelson was a charter member of the Nebraska Livestock Auction Market Association and the National Cattlemen’s Association.

He served many terms on the Albion City Council and was a founding member of the Albion Country Club.

Nelson graduated from Albion High School, where he played football and was a member of the National FFA Championship Livestock Judging Team. He later was inducted into the Albion Athletic Hall of Fame.

Besides his son, Nelson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Nelson of Albion; daughters Mary Lynne James of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Dr. Elizabeth Nelson of Murray, Neb.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Nelson’s funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Albion.

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