William “Bill” K. Nelson Jr. – born in Marion, Indiana, passed away peacefully in his home in Edmonds, Washington Friday, June 21. His loving wife of over 42 years, Molly, was by his side.
Bill was a 1971 graduate of Marion High School. Then, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1974 and later earned his Master’s degree from Indiana University. After EKU, Bill was hired with the Ft. Wayne Police Department, where he served for over 20 years. He was promoted to the rank of Captain, eventually becoming the Director of Training. He then retired and moved to Edmonds, Washington with his family. He continued his service as a Patrol Officer with the Edmonds Police Department for nearly another 20 years. He retired for a second time and continued working as a Federal Court Security Officer. Bill had a passion for Law Enforcement.
Bill was a member of John. L. McCulloch Chapter of the Order of DeMolay and a member of McCulloch Masonic Lodge both in Marion, Indiana. Bill was also the President of the Edmonds Police Foundation.
Bill is survived by his amazing wife, Molly; their 2 sons, Keith (Sarah) and Todd (Valerie); his brother Tom (Audrey); his cousin Gene Ann Weber of Marion; and 5 grandchildren, Gage, Ashlynn, William, Peyton and Cameron. He also has a nephew (Tom Jr) and niece (Stephanie) and their families as well.
Bill would like to be remembered as a family man, a loving and loyal husband and a happy man; which was always evident by his contagious smile.
The Nelson family would like to express their gratitude to the Virginia Mason Oncology
Department and to Evergreen Hospice Home Care for their excellent care of Bill.
In lieu of flowers the family would request memorial contributions be made to the Edmonds Police Foundation in Bill’s memory (Edmonds Police Foundation, Post Office Box 303, Edmonds Washington 98020).