Mr. James Radford Nelson, 88, of Stover, went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2012, in Tipton's Oak Manor Nursing Home.

He was born May 24, 1924 in Bunceton, the son of Albert John and Harriet (Moore) Nelson, who are deceased.

He was united in marriage on December 2, 1945, in the Christian Church in Eldon to Virginia R Crismon who survives him in Ambrose Park in Cole Camp.

He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the Navy as an Electrician in the Submarine Service, making five war patrols in the Pacific Theater.

After the war Mr. Nelson worked for 40 years for the Missouri Utilities/Union Electric/Ameren UE Companies in Tipton, Bunceton, Stover, Versailles, and the Lake of the Ozarks area, retiring in 1985 as the local manager for the Versailles office.

Mr. Nelson was a 57-year member of the Stover Methodist Church. He was an active Lions Club member, a Boy Scout leader, and a Morgan County R-I School Board member, all in Stover.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph R (Shirley Knipp) Nelson, Tipton; and a daughter Elizabeth Ann "Becky" (Lewis) Wagner, Kansas City; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by; five brothers Thomas, Arthur, Glen, Albert, and John; a daughter Judith Lee Wagner; and a daughter in law Marilyn Nelson.

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, August 18, at the Stover United Methodist Church, with the family receiving friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Dr. Larry Yeo and Rev. Diane Cutler will officiate.

Interment, with military funeral honors, will be in the Stover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Stover Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover.