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Spencer, Nelson : Walks on

ARIZONA, Holbrook – A Celebration of Life was held for NELSON SPENCER, 83, on

September 4, 2009, at the Holbrook Faith Assembly of God. Interment followed at the Holbrook Cemetery. Nelson was born in the winter of 1926 in Greasewood, Arizona. He passed away August 29, 2009, at Hospice of Arizona in Phoenix.

Nelson attended school at Leupp Boarding School and Wingate High School. He joined the Army at age 16 and during his service he traveled throughout the Phillipines and Hawaiian islands ending his service in Nagasaki, Japan. In his travels he boxed professionally, played chess, shot pool, threw darts, played ping pong, played baseball and fished. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he worked for the railroad and traveled throughout the United States. Upon his return to Arizona, he was hired as a Navajo police officer, built a home and started a family. In 1959, it was found that he had tuberculosis. Due to his health issues, he moved to Holbrook where he worked for 10 years at the Wigwam Texaco Station, two years at the Snowflake Paper Mill, and thereafter worked for 25 years at the Holbrook Shell Truck Terminal. He retired in 1995. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church and the Holbrook American Legion Post No. 37. He spent the remaining 10 years of his life in Phoenix. (Navajo Times, September 3, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

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