John Nelson died July 7. He was 67.

Mr. Nelson was born April 5, 1947, in Asheville, N.C., to Marie and George Nelson. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Portland in 1969. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force while stationed at McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Fla. He was a Vietnam veteran. In 1972, he began working for Pacific NW Bell, which later became AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He retired as an account executive in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Susan; children; Laura (Ed) Ramsey and Christopher Nelson, both of Redmond, Wash.; siblings, George (Twyla) Nelson, Albany, Sister Helen Nelson, Waterloo, Iowa, Robert (Wendy) Nelson, Vancouver, Wash., Ann (Michael) Erikson, Redwood City, Calif., Gene (Krisanne) Nelson, Chico, Calif., Lisa (Harvey) Clark, Canby; one granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was celebrated at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie. Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.woundedwarriorproject.org and also with Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Rd., Central Point, OR 97502 www.dogsforthedeaf.org.