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Carney C. Nelson

Carney C. Nelson

Carney C. Nelson, age 79, of Mitchell, SD died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab one day before his 80th birthday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 2, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with private family burial at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Will Funeral Chapel.

Carney Nelson was born to Norris and Alice (Adams) Nelson on April 29, 1934 in Charles Mix, County, SD. He graduated from Lake Andes High School in 1952 and from SDSU in Brookings in 1957 with a degree in pharmacy. He married Jean Taylor on May 7, 1955 and seven children were born of that marriage. His wife, Jean, passed away in 1968. Carney married Maggie Moran on July 31, 1971, and one child was born of that marriage.

Carney began his pharmacy career in Platte, SD, at Eastman Drug. Later he worked at Scallin Drug in Mitchell. In 1962 he opened Sixth Avenue Pharmacy in the Tobin Clinic Building. Carney worked part time as consulting pharmacist at St. Joseph Hospital and became Director of Hospital Pharmacy in 1974. In 1970 he became a consultant and vendor for the Mitchell Retirement Nursing Home. He was also the consultant pharmacist to a 168 bed nursing home and developed a unit dose system. Carney owned the Tobin Clinic building with Dr. Weatherill until Avera Queen of Peace Hospital purchased it in 1990. He finished his pharmacy career when he retired in 2004. All of his life, Carney also owned land and raised cattle at Lake Andes, his hometown.

Happy to have shared his life are his eight children: Laurie Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD; Doug (Nancy) Nelson, Chamberlain, SD; Robert (Marsha) Nelson, San Antonio, TX; James (Amber) Nelson, Lake Andes, SD; Ann Harless, Plankinton, SD; Mary (Donn) Johnson, Mitchell, SD; Jennifer Heidelberger, Worthington, MN; and Melissa (Steve) Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD. He is survived by his eight children, 22 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, brothers- and sister-in law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean Taylor Nelson; his wife, Maggie Moran Nelson; his brothers and sisters, Nate (Florence) Nelson, Arnold (Laura) Nelson, LaVonne (Luther) Wigdahl, Robert (Mert) Nelson, Fern (Pat) Campbell and Gladys (Adolph) Sejnoha.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Carneys name.