ALVIN AUGUST NELSON of Burlington, Colorado, died February 17, 2000. He was born on June 12,1924, at Arickaree, Colorado, the eldest child of August and Macie Salior Nelson.
Alvin grew up in the Cope, Colorado, area helping his dad with a shelling and threshing ring and working for area farmers. He loved to reminisce about his years working with a custom harvest crew. He met his future wife, Eleonora Johnson, in North Dakota while working with a custom harvest crew. They were married in Lakewood, Colorado, December 5, 1948.
Alvin went to work for the Colorado Department of Highways in 1952 and retired in 1983 after 31 years of service. His favorite job during this time was plowing snow, and eastern Colorado weather provided him plenty of opportunity to enjoy the job.
After retirement he opened a lawn mower and small engine repair shop known as Big Al's Engines, where he continued buying, repairing and restoring engines. One of his first engines was a John Deere E acquired from his wife's family farm. Alvin belonged to the Tri-State Antique Engine and Engineers in Bird City, Kansas, and displayed his engines there for many years. He also enjoyed taking his engines to the Kit Carson County Fair, the Old Threshers Show in Yuma, Colorado, the Olde Tyme Saturday Celebration in Vernon, Colorado, and at the Cope and Akron, Colorado Centennial Celebrations.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife of 51 years, Eleonora, his two daughters and their husbands, Sybil Nelson and George Reese of Akron, Colorado, Carla Nelson-Hall and Dave Hall of Falcon, Colorado, and one granddaughter, Amanda Hall; one brother, Myron and his wife Mattie Nelson, of Salome, Arkansas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
The celebration of the life of Alvin A. Nelson was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington. Alvin will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fellow antique engine and tractor collector buddies.
Submitted by Norm Hays, 23875 Road Z, Vernon, Colorado 80755.