Jonathan Peter Nelson – December 14, 2015

Jonathan Peter Nelson, 58, of St. Marys, passed away on the morning of December 14, 2015 at his home.
Jon was born in the town of Ansonia, Connecticut on October 7, 1957.  He was the fourth child of the late Edward C. and Julia A. Nelson.
Jon was an avid fisherman placing in many fishing tournaments in his youth while accompanied by his fishing mentor Charlie Kirk of Oxford, Connecticut.  His second favorite past time was diving and snorkeling particularly at night in the Narragansett Bay off of the coast of Rhode Island; and also canoeing, camping and of course more fishing with his wife up and down  the eastern Canada coast.
Professionally Jon attained the rank of Captain, Medical Services Corps, in the United States Navy and served for 27 years before retiring in 2013 in St. Marys, Georgia.  While attending the Navy War College, he earned his third Master’s Degree.  His professional achievements  not only included Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals but distinguished certifications as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and recent graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Jonathan is survived by his wife, Deborah Elizabeth Nelson, daughter, Devon Elizabeth Nelson, son, Ean Matthew Nelson, granddaughter, Sofia Elizabeth Nelson, and three elder siblings, Edward C. Nelson, Jr., Julie Newman, and Pamlea Nelson.
Memorial services will be held Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating.   Services with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, and will be announced at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Jon be made to the Coral Restoration Foundation, 5 Seagate Boulevard, Key Largo, Florida 33037.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

8 thoughts on “Jonathan Peter Nelson – December 14, 2015

  1. Kathy Vaughan Hull

    My heart goes out to the Nelson family. My prayers go up to God for your comfort and healing from this terrible, terrible loss. May God’s love ease your pain and someday bring you Joy in the legacy of Jon’s abundant spirit which lives on in our memories and in his children and grandchildren.

  2. Julie Nelson Newman

    My brother was twelve years younger than me, but at times he seemed much older and more mature. I admired what he did for himself, his family, and how he took care of our mother. I am thankful for his brotherly love and his devotion in executing our mother’s estate.
    Like me, he enjoyed gardening. I fondly remember the honeycomb from his beehives. His efforts to transport me to Conn. to visit Mom and try to beat the heat by swimming at Lake Quassapaug and eating ice cream at Rich Farm. I got to see my niece and nephew and experience an aspect of military life. I regret losing a thoughtful, kind and good brother, the best I could ever had. The worst thing about getting old is having to say goodbye to loved ones, especially when they leave too early. wIth Love Sister Julie, Brother-in-law Al, cousin Deborah (Donovan), and cousin John Newman

  3. Bryon Craig

    Very sad today to hear of CAPT Nelson’s passing. He was a great example to me when we worked together. My deepest condolences to his family.

  4. Tamara Walker

    Shocked and saddened to hear that Jon had passed. He was a wonderful industrial hygiene officer, and I enjoyed working with him in the Navy. He was a good friend to all and a great example and mentor to the junior IHOs. Prayers for the family. So sorry for y’all loss.


  5. David Collins

    My condolences to you, Devon, and Ean. Maggie and I will keep all of you in our prayers. What a shock to our Navy family, Jon was loved by many. I pray for strength for your family during these impossible times. Please let me know if we can do anything for you.

  6. Bill Stover

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Jon’s passing. Our hearts and our prayers go out to you and your family. Jon will be missed.

  7. Daniel Ostrow

    Jon was my best friend from middle school, through high school and college. We drifted apart after a while and re-connected a few years ago, then again lost contact. I am so saddened by his loss, and still in shock. Liz, I’m so sorry. Please accept my condolences. Jon was a major influence in my life; I probably learned more from him than from any other person and I will miss him, although we haven’t seen much of one another recently. I’ve been thinking of him a lot over the last few months, since our recent 40th High School reunion. My high school girlfriend and I, another good friend of Jon’s, talked about him and another dear departed classmate. The four of us were very close, and now only two are left. Jon, thank you for being the incredible smart, funny, lovable person that you were. Liz, please email me at

  8. Steve Queen

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of JP’s passing. I was a friend of his in grade and high school. Ran into him a couple of times after that but not as often as I’d have liked to. He was always in good spirits and friendly to everyone who crossed his path. He went out of his way to be nice to people at the drop of a hat. He is missed. I cried when I heard of his passing. Best wishes with all my heart to his family. He will always be remembered.
    Steve Queen


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