Nels Wright, 83 of Jefferson, Wisconsin passed away at his home on Sunday, February 16, 2020 after courageously battling Alzheimer’s Disease for nine years.
Harlowe Nels Wright was born at the family farm on January 11, 1937, at Bradgate, Iowa. He graduated from Bradgate High School and Eagle Grove College. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and in 1958 he enlisted in the United States Navy in their Naval Cadet Program. He earned his Navy Wings of Gold to become a Naval Aviator. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam aboard the USS Bennington and the USS Kersarge. After his military service Nels was employed as a commercial pilot for United Airlines for 35 years. He also farmed the family farm in Wisconsin.
Nels enjoyed his family, flying, farming, hunting and riding his favorite horse “Sweets”.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Arlene, children Patrick, Joel (Sharon), Eric (Melinda), Laura (Matt), brother Farrel and grandchildren Corey (Kristin), Shane (Amy), Brooke, Zachary, Shayna and great-grandchildren Bryson and Garrett. He was preceded in death by his parents Harland and Muriel Wright, sister Diane and brother Paul.
A family memorial service was held in Iowa.