Creston Cemetery Burials and Obituaries 

                Submitted by Marge Womach


               Introduction to Cemetery on Page A

               Creston News and Notes addendum at bottom of page




Page N through O

Nelson, Ake;  (b. 1879; d. 1954; listing) “Ake Nelson. Died: 23 Jan 1954, age 74, Wilbur, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Nels Nelson. Mother: Anna Paulson.” (WA State Death Records);

Nelson, Anna:  (1914-2001);  “A memorial service took place Wednesday, Dec 19, at the Creston Christian Church for Anna Nelson, who died Dec 14, 2001, in Davenport at the age of 87. Pastor Gail Davis officiated.  Born Feb 10, 1914, five miles south of Creston, she was the daughter of Nels and Mary Nelson.  She attended  a country school for eight years, then graduated as valedictorian of the Creston High School Class of 1933. She then attended business college in Spokane for two years.  During WW II, she served in the WAAC Army Auxiliary for a short time.  She worked in the Lincoln County Auditor’s Office for many years and for the Lincoln County Superintendent. She was a lifelong member of the Creston Christian Church.  She lived the past few years at Serene Meadows in Davenport.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Roberta Morical, in 1975; and a brother, Carl, in 1999. She leaves two brothers, Royal ‘Nick’ Nelson of Davenport and Gordon Nelson of Spokane; a sister-in-law, Laura Nelson of Creston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home in Wilbur handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 12-20-2001); 

Nelson, Carl E.:  (Added;  1916-1999);  “Carl E. Nelson passed away Oct 23, 1999 in Davenport. He was 83.  Nelson was born Jan 2, 1916 in Creston to Nels and Mary (Fish) Nelson. He graduated from Creston High School in 1932 and married Laura Conrad on Oct 19, 1941. He was a wheat farmer and a rancher. He was active in the Creston Christian Church, serving on the board. He also was a former member of the Lincoln Hospital Board, Creston Community Club, United Grain Growers Board, Lincoln Mutual #3 Board and Creston School Board. He served as president of Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association.  In the Creston community, he was instrumental in landscaping and establishing an endowment fund for the cemetery, as well as putting in the football field. He was the first manager of the Senior Apartments, which he managed for many years.  He worked with the Boy Scouts and in his retirement, he became a member of the Wilbur Rock Club and made many rock clocks.  Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura Nelson in Creston; 5 children, Linda and Walt Wruble of Spokane, Keith and Sandy Nelson of Creston, Joanne and Ted Hopkins of Creston, Carol and Bob Makins of Bremerton, Curt and Sherene Nelson of Creston; 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Royal ‘Nick’ and Lucille Nelson of Creston, Gordon and Joyce Nelson of Spokane; one sister, Anna Nelson of Davenport; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Roberta Morical.  Funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct 28, at 11 a.m. at the Creston Christian Church, with Pastor Warren Lynn officiating. Interment will be at Creston Cemetery.” (Davenport Times:  10-28-1999) 

Nelson, Carol J.;  (b. 1927; d. 1980; listing) “Carol Nelson. Died: Feb 1980. Birth: 3-25-1928.” (SS Death Index);

Nelson, Gordon R.:  (Added; 1919-2002);  “Graveside service for Gordon Richard Nelson, 83, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan 10, at Creston Cemetery, with a memorial service planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 24th and Grand, Spokane. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today (Thursday) at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane.  Mr. Nelson died at his home on Dec 31, 2002.  Born Sept 3, 1919, in Wilbur, he grew up on the family wheat and cattle ranch in Creston. A 1937 Creston High School graduate, he married Joyce Larson in June 1943 in Spokane. The couple farmed at Creston with his brothers until they moved to Colville in 1946. There, he continued to farm for more than 40 years while becoming active in the community and schools. He served as PTA president, a Northeast Washington Fair board member, Stevens County Civil Service commissioner, 4-H leader and church council officer. He and his wife retired to Spokane in 1986. An active member for many years of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Colville, he more recently belonged to Emmanuel Lutheran and St Mark’s Lutheran churches. Family members will remember his as ‘a great witness to his faith in Jesus Christ. He died in the promise of resurrection and the life eternal where he has joined those who have gone before us’.  Known by his grandchildren and friends as ‘Old Gord’, he loved to cook, was an avid reader and historian, enjoyed the outdoors, his horses and garden. He especially enjoyed telling stories ‘endlessly to whoever wanted to listen’.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Mary Nelson, sisters Roberta Morical and Anna Nelson, brother Carl Nelson, infant granddaughter Karen Gilman and son-in-law Wayne Gilman.  He leaves his wife at the home; three sons and a daughter, Rick (and Janet) Nelson of Steilacoom, WA; Sue (Nelson) Gilman of Spokane; Paul (and Tina) Nelson of Seattle, Jerry (and Jan) Nelson of Spokane; 10 grandchildren and a great grandson; a brother, Royal (Nick) Nelson of Davenport; and many nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 1-09-2003); 

Nelson, Jean Marie;  (d. 1947; listing) “Jean Marie Nelson. Death: 12-10-1947, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Length of Stay in Hospital: 2 days. Birth:  8-28-1947, Spokane, WA.  Father: Royal H Nelson, born Creston, WA; Mother: Lucile Zimmerman, born Larson, ND. Surviving relatives: Grandmother: Mary E. Nelson. Physician: Dr Salter.  Funeral: 12-11-1947, 1:30 p.m. at Creston Cemetery. Minister: Mitchell. Cemetery: Creston. Informant: Royal H Nelson.” (Chapman Funeral Home) 

Nelson, Johanna;  (b. 1862; d. 1941; listing) “Johanna Nelson. Died: 23 Jan 1941, age 78, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Engebribt Olson. Mother: Ellen Jorgenson. Spouse: Martin Nelson.” (WA State Death Records);

Nelson, Lucille M.:  (Added;  1917-2001);  “Creston.—A memorial service for Lucille Mary Ann Nelson, 83, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, at Creston Christian Church. Mrs. Nelson died May 5, 2001 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. Born June 4, 1917, at Larson, ND, she was the daughter of Harry and Luvena Zimmerman. She earned a nursing diploma and worked at hospitals in Minnesota and Illinois before joining the Army Nurse Corps during WW II. She also worked as an assistant rural mail carrier for 11 years. She married Royal ‘Nick’ Nelson of Creston on Oct 26, 1946. The couple moved from there to Davenport about two years ago due to health problems.  She belonged to Creston Christian Church and volunteered with several charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts.  She leaves her husband in Davenport; two daughters, Donna (and Gary) Larson of Seattle and Mary Ann (and Lyle) McGlothlin of Danville, KY; a son, Howard (and Cheryl) Nelson of Davenport; 7 grandchildren; and a brother and sister, both of MN. Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times:  5-10-2001) 

Nelson, Martin;  (d. 3-21-1911; age 74 yrs; listing)   “Martin Nelson. Died: 21 March 1911, age 75, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA.  Father: Nels Nelson. Mother: Anna.” (WA State Death Records); 

Nelson, Mary E.;  (b. 1892; d. 1978; listing);  w/o Nels; 

Nelson, Nels;  (b. 1866; d. 1942; listing) h/o Mary E.;  “Nels Nelson, #81.  Death: 4-19-1942, rural Creston.  Funeral: Creston 4-22-1942.  Interment: 4-22-1942 at 2 p.m. at Creston.  Age 76 yrs.  Married. Certifying Physician: Dr Anderson.” (Strates)  “Nels Nelson. Died: 19 April 1942, age 76, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Nelson.” (WA State Death Records);

Nelson, Oscar;   (b. 1902; d. 1946; listing) “Oscar Nelson. Died: April 1946. Birth: 12-30-1902.”  (SS Death Index); 

Nelson, Robert;  (unknown; listing)

Nelson, Royal H. ‘Nick’:  “Creston.—Celebration of Life for Royal Howard ‘Nick’ Nelson, 90, of Creston, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at Creston Christian Church.  Mr. Nelson died June 7 in Davenport.  Born March 2, 1918, in Creston to Nels and Mary Nelson, he served in the US Army during WW II. After basic training at Camp Roberts, CA, he served first with the 32nd Infantry, 7th Div. in CA. He transferred to the 99th Infantry Division at Camp Van Dorn, MI, the 213th Field Artillery Division at Camp Robinson, Ark, and finished his service at Fort Sill, OK.  Family members report that after he spent a hot summer in Arkansas, he decided that the state of Washington was the best place in the world to live.  After the war, met Lucille Zimmerman; they were married Oct 26, 1945. He farmed at Creston until his 1981 retirement.  ‘Dad was a farmer through and through and always wanted to know the current price of wheat, what the yields were and how much rain fell,’ a family statement noted. He received the Conservation Farmer award from the Northwest Lincoln Soil Conservation District in 1952. Active in the Creston community, he was lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ Church and served as an elder. He also was a member of the Creston Community Club and served on the boards of United Grain Growers and Zephyr Church Camp. The Nelsons enjoyed traveling, making many trips with their fifth wheel trailer across the US and Canada. Besides his wife of 56 years, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jean Marie Nelson; and siblings Robert Morical, Anna Nelson, Carl Nelson and Gordon Nelson. He leaves three children, Donna (and Gary) Larson, Mary Ann (and Lyle) McGlothlin and Howard (and Cheryl) Nelson; seven grandchildren, Nils and Leif Larson, Jay (Cheryl) and Julie McGlothlin, Scott, Renae and Kyle Nelson; and great-grandson, William McGlothlin; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts may be made to the Creston Christian Church or the Creston Cemetery Association. Strate Funeral Home is handling arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 6-19-2008)

Nickerson, - (no marker; listing)  For Albion Nickerson, a large headstone, easily located was set after the date of the recording of this cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Connacher. No further information is available at this time. 

Noack, Ora Mae;  (b. 5-12-1904; d. 10-29-1975; listing)   “Ora M. Noack. Died: 29 Oct 1975, Wenatchee, WA. Female. Residence: Chelan Co, WA.” (WA State Death Index: Certificate: 024925)

Noack, Ralph H.;  (b. 5-04-1904; d. 10-09-1992; listing) “Ralph H. Noack. Died: 10-09-1992, Entiat, WA. Birth: 5-04-1904.”  (SS Death Index);

Nugent, J. E.;  (empty; listing) 

Oligher, Ed F.;  (b. 1883; d. 1932; listing)  “Edward M. Oligher. Died: 23 May 1932, age 47, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Joseph Oligher. Mother: Ellen Kals.” (WA State Death Records);

Oliver, Stephen;  (added; b. 4-__-1867; d. 8-16-1914) “Stephen Olliver/Oliver.  Male, white, single, school teacher.  Birth: April 1867; Age 47 yrs 3 mos; Born: Ohio .  Father: unknown; Mother: unknown; Informant: W G Bogart, Odessa , WA .  Death: Aug 16, 1914, 11:45 a.m. rural Lincoln Co, residence of Mr Bogart, 16 miles south of Creston. Cause: Cardiac Hyperatrophy and valvular disease. Contributory: Pleurisy; Burial: Creston, Aug 17, 1914. Undertaker: Julius Lyse, Wilbur , WA .” (WA State Board of Health Death Cert.)  Stephen Oliver, a teacher in the country district 18 miles north of town, died last Sunday at the W G Bogart home, where he was staying. He had been sick since the close of school last spring, the cause of death being heart disease. The funeral services were held on Tuesday and interment made in the cemetery near there. So far as known he had no living relatives.” (Odessa Record: 8-21-1914; distance makes it near Wheatridge Cemetery)



Creston News and Notes  


(Misc. Ledgers: B-108) Presbyterian Church of Creston, filed Dec 6, 1899, with J. W. Maib (Pres) W. R .Foster (Sec), and D. F. McKay (Treas).


None listed  at this time



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