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David Leo Nelson

June 28, 1950 — October 9, 2020

David Leo Nelson, 70, of La Porte, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Franciscan Health in Michigan City.

David was born in La Porte, IN, on June 28, 1950 to Cecil and Vera (Hundt) Nelson.

On July 23, 1977, in La Porte, Indiana, he married Patricia Powers who survives.  Also surviving are his two sons, David (Tina) Nelson and Michael Nelson, and two daughters, Sue Ann Chambers and Angie (Ryan) Pettis, of which all live in La Porte; 4 grandchildren, Mike, Crystal, Tiffany, and Nathan; 2 great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Valkyrie; siblings, Donald (Penny) Nelson, Diane (Roger) Speakman, and Darlene Contreras, all of La Porte; 3 nieces; and 4 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Lilly Nelson; and sister, Dorothy Seitz.

David worked as a commercial semi-truck driver.  The majority of his driving career was with Boise Cascade/Jefferson Smurfit Corporation with his final years at Lewis Bakery. David was a volunteer driver for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

During his life, he was a member of the La Porte Jaycee's, La Porte Snowgoers (snowmobile club), La Porte AeroClub (aviation club), Illinois Live Steamers (riding model train club), and St. John's Lutheran Church.  David was an aircraft marshalling volunteer (directing ground taxiing aircraft) at Sun-N-Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida.  His hobbies involved many things including auto-mechanics, boating, aviation, travel, etc.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Richard Ungrodt officiating.

A time of visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Interment will take place at a later date.

Due to the Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

Memorial contributions may be directed to La Porte AeroClub, 2002 S. 150 West, La Porte, IN  46350.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center

2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, IN 46350

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Celebration of Life Memorial Service

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Starts at 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center

2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, IN 46350

*Standard text messaging rates apply.



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