Charles “Doc” Signor Nelson

September 3, 1922 – November 14, 2022

Charles Signor (Doc) Nelson, 100, Lake Mills, passed from this life into the next  Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. At the time, he was being lovingly attended by his family and well cared for by the staff of Lake Mills Care Center and Hospice of North Iowa.
Doc was born Sept. 3, 1922 in Ada, Minn., and raised in Amery and New Richmond, Wis., where he graduated from New Richmond High School in 1940. He had begun his chiropractic schooling and training at Lincoln Chiropractic College, Indianapolis, Ind., when he answered the call to serve during WWII.
Doc was a pharmacy mate in the U.S. Navy, serving on attack landing ships in North Africa, Italy, and France before being transferred to the Pacific. He was enroute to Japan on the USS Clermont when the war ended in August 1945.
While on leave during his transfer, he married his beloved wife, Mary, Oct. 29, 1944. Following the war, he returned to Indianapolis with Mary to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree.
After graduating from Lincoln in 1948, and attending post-graduate courses at Palmer Chiropractic College, Davenport, Doc and Mary moved to Lake Mills with their first child, Lucretia, to establish a chiropractic practice and raise their family. The family eventually grew to six children, with Frona, Gregg, Maren, Dana, and Bill joining Lucretia.
The Nelsons were long-time members of Salem Lutheran Church, where Doc sang tenor in the choir and served in various leadership roles. In addition, Doc served on the city council and the school board, overseeing much development and many improvements in the school and town over the decades.
Doc enjoyed woodworking, crafting many items such as picture frames, display shelves, and birdhouses, and the finishing work on the family’s homes‚first on N. Winnebago St. and later at Rice Lake. But most of all, he enjoyed golf, especially golfing with his many friends at Rice Lake Golf and Country Club and serving on the club’s board of directors. Over the years, Doc shot his age many times and carded seven holes-in-one. In addition, Doc was an early visionary and pivotal leader of the expansion of the golf course from 9 to 18 holes.
He is survived by children Lucretia Knutson, Irvine, Calif.; Frona (Rick) Ites, Edina, Minn.; Gregg Nelson, Reno, Nevada; Maren (Lee) Larson, Jackson, Minn.; Dana (Lori) Nelson, Lexington, Ky.; and Bill (Susan) Nelson, South Webster, Ohio; 15 grandchildren: Gary, Michael, Katherine, Mary, Angela, Benjamin, Jenna, Tricia, Brett, Kirby, Jill, Charles, Erik, Andrew, and Laura; and 18 great-grandchildren: Madison, Justin, Aaron, Audrey, Evelyn, Nora, Maren, Porter, Calvin, Lainey, Wesley, Wrenley, Samuel, Miles, Jase, Isla, Coen, Charlie.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Thomas), in 2002; father and mother, Dr. Leonard and Lula (Thompson) Nelson, respectively; two sisters: Frona (Brown) and Marjory (Holie); one brother, Nathan; a grandson, Kent; and a son-in-law, Gary.

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