Kenneth E. Nelson, 87, long time resident of the town on Alexandria, passed away on August 26 at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility in Lowville, NY, where he had been a patient since February 12, 2010.Town

Kenneth was born on February 6, 1926 in Rossie, NY, the son of H. Elvin and Flora Baldwin Nelson. He graduated from Hammond Central School.

Kenneth married Mary Louise Wright on March 3, 1948 at the Redwood Methodist Church. Mrs. Nelson passed away on October 14, 1976.

Kenneth worked for New York State Parks & recreation for 32 year, and as the Superintendant at Wellesley Island State Park for many years. He built and was a partner in the Golden Medallion Restaurant, Alexandria Bay and worked with his son, Robert, in the real estate field.  After retirement from the New York State Park system, he worked as the Town of Alexandra Supervisor for eight years.

Kenneth also lived in the Sarasota, Florida area for over 20 years.

He is survived by his son Robert C. (Cindy) Nelson, Alexandria Bay, and daughters Mary Ellen Nelson, Watertown, NY, Mrs. James (Carol) Wright, Watertown, NY and Mrs. Richard (Jean) Neisen, Cincinnati, OH; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his brothers, Delbert, Erwin, and Ivan Nelson, and sisters, Helen Simons, Martha Jenne, and Bernice Nelson, who died in infancy.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August, 28 from 4-7 pm at Costello Funeral Home, Alexandria Bay. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2:00pm at the funeral home with Rev. Leon VanWie officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to River Hospital Foundation, PO Box 567, Alexandria Bay, NY, 13607 or to Hospice of Jefferson County.

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