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Mr. Frederick Nelson
Nickname: Erik

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Updated Jan. 20, 2019
"Life and Love It's joy -- it's pain" (3rd edition revised) by Erik
Braum ( the pen name of Frederick "Erik" B. Nelson) is of
Scandinavian ancestry.

His poetry touches the heart and stimulates thoughts and
emotions about many topics that people experience as they live life.

His book contains 210 poems and 85 of his thoughts and sayings.

The price of the book is $20.00
It may be purchased by dialing 1-800-788-7654
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Overview of Some Current Activities
Fred Nelson (known as Erik to many of his friends) is 92 Years old and is still active in most ways. He and his wife (Fran) go out to eat several times a week and he still mows about six acres of grass around his property on the outskirts of Broussard.
He gives poetry readings at such places as The Blake Retirement Center and to any group that asks for him to recite his poetry. Lafayette TV Channel 3 still uses his hunting and fishing calculator to inform the public of best times to be out doing these things.

He still "drowns a few worms" while fishing with his best friend, Ed Dugas, but not as often as they once did. He loves to watch western movies such as "Shane" or "Once Upon A Time in the West", and any John Wayne movies.

Most of his camping buddies have passed away, but he still sees Dick Hosie who comes to Broussard from Rockport Texas and enjoys camping out with Erik on his beautiful property. He regrets the loss of his friend Alan Bean (astronaut) who kept in touch via mails until his recent death.

Erik's health is excellent with the exception of a low red blood count (bone marrow that produces red blood cells gets a bit "lazy" as we age). He looks forward to many more years of life, happiness, and writing a few more poems.
Updated Jan. 20, 2019

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Updated Nov. 15, 2014

After graduating from Witchita Falls Senior High School in May of 1945, Frederick (Erik) B. Nelson joined the Navy. Showing special talents, he was sent to Combat Air Crew Boot Camp at Millington, Tennessee (North of Memphis). On completion of basic training, he was sent to the Naval Air Training Center adjacent to the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma to specialize as an aviation machinist mate in the Combat Air Crew Program.

On completion of that training, he was sent to the San Diego Naval Base to await assignment to his future location. That assignment was Terminal Island Naval Air Base. He stayed there for the remainder of his tour of duty. He flew in the rear gunner position of a Dauntless Dive Bomber, but did not see combat duty during the war due to the atomic bomb being dropped on Japan while he was still in training. He was honorably discharged by the point system as an Aviation Mechanist Mate on July 16th of 1946.

After coming home, he enrolled in college under the G.I. Bill. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. degree in 1951 and a Master of Education Degree in 1954. He taught Physics at Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama and eventually taught Kinesiology for 38 years at the University of Louisiana and retired in May of 2000.


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Fred "Erik" enlisted in the Navy on July 6, 1945 and served until July 16, 1946.

Fred (Erik) B. Nelson is of Scandinavian ancestry.
He holds degrees from the University of Texas at
Austin and served as an associate professor on the
faculty of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
While at the university (serving for thirty eight years),
he developed the Weights and Isometrics program
and Wilderness Training classes. He also enjoyed
teaching Fencing and Bowling which were among
other subjects assigned to him.
He has invented a number of items which are now
used worldwide. Hobbies include fishing, camping
and gardening. Because of his many talents, he has
been called "A Renaissance Man." Simplicity in life
is his basic philosophy. The preservation of nature
and the ecosystem are his most avid causes. He is
a prolific writer of poetry (writing close to five hundred
poems) and writes under the pen name of Erik Braum.
Most of those who read his poetry say that he writes
what they have always felt, but have not been able to
put into words for themselves. He touches the heart
and stimulates thoughts and emotions about many
things that people have experienced. The title of his
latest book is: "Life and Love, its joy - - its pain"
Second Edition, Revised.. He hopes to publish a
third edition (also revised) in the near future.

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Updated on May 2, 2015 with permission of Fred Nelson.

Norman Allen Nelson obituary

May 6, 1925 - April 27, 2015

Norman Allen Nelson entered this world on May 6, 1925 in Wichita Falls, Texas and departed on April 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Edna Nelson; son, Bob Nelson; brother, Fred Nelson; grandchildren, Brent and Courtney; and great grandchild, Beau.

Norman was an avid reader, lover of classical music, highly intelligent and creative. Norman graduated from University of Texas at age 19 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation Norman enlisted in the navy close to the end of World War II. Norman worked for Humble Oil and Refining (now Exxon) from which he retired. He then worked for NL Industries and retired in 1982. Norman developed products for the pressure controls on oil wells. He had many patents pertaining to pressure controls in rigs. Norman possessed an inventive mind and could dissect problems associated with drilling for oil.
Norman co-authored roughly 30 plus patents for offshore drilling. He also patented 60 plus items used on land rigs. Norman had many friends in the oil patch which regarded him highly. When Norman completed his tour in the oil patch, he pursued his lifelong dream, ranching. He was building his herd and taking care of the land. He was completing his stay.

A Celebration of Norman's life will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Posted by Ed Dugas May 2, 2015
Military Veteran:  1945, 1946
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