Daniel A. "Dan" Nelson, age 66, of Oakland, Nebraska

Daniel A. "Dan" Nelson, age 66, of Oakland, Nebraska passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the West Point Living Center, in West Point, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. from the First Baptist Church in Oakland. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will on Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to services. In lue of flowers memorials can be directed to the Oakland Rescue Squad. Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland is in charge of arrangements.

Dan grew up and lived his entire life in rural Oakland, Nebraska. He attended elementary school at District 48 (Rock) School and graduated from Oakland High School in 1966.

In his younger days, he was an accomplished piano player, although his real passion was hunting and fishing. That interest led him to take a correspondence course and other training at the University of Iowa in taxidermy. His hobby evolved into a part time business. He mounted game animals, birds and fish for many area residents.

In his high school years he worked as an assistant cook and eventually head chef at Phillippe's Supper Club in rural Oakland. He was especially known for his spaghetti sauce, prime rib and salad dressings. In the early 1970's, he began farming and continued for the rest of his adult life until poor health forced his retirement ten years ago. He was known in the neighborhood for his "straight rows".

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ronald L. Coleman.

Dan is survived by his brother, Reg of North Sioux City, SD; sister-in-law, Kandy Coleman of Lincoln, NE; nephews Jeff and Erik Coleman of Lincoln; aunt, Millie Sandquist of Oakland, Muriel Nelson of Sioux City, IA, Luetta Sandquist of Lincoln; and several cousins.

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