William S. “Bill” Nelson
March 24, 1929 – November 28, 2022
Bill was a proud public school teacher for 45 years. The first 10 years were spent teaching in the Ainsworth Public Schools. He spent the next 35 years in his dream job at Westside High School where he was the Chairman of the Social Studies Department. It was a Social Studies Department that was recognized both locally and nationally for its excellence and innovation. During Bill’s career, he won many awards for his outstanding ability to teach. Some of those awards included the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award, and the Westside Education Association School Bell Award.
One of Bill’s proudest accomplishments was identifying those Westside Alumni that made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietman War and commissioning a plaque that hangs in their honor at Westside High School to this day.
Bill was an avid fisherman, sports fan, puzzle master and gardener.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Alice “Meg” Nelson; son, John; parents, Dick and Elsie; brother, “Bus”; and sister, Lavere. Bill is survived by his special friend, Mary; daughter, Susie; son, David (Jodi); daughter-in-law, Mary; grandchildren, Eric (Ashton), Leslie and Samantha; great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Johnny, Delbert, Will and Dekker; his Tuesday Afternoon Beer Drinking Buddies and many other friends and colleagues.
An Open House Celebrating Bill’s Life will be Saturday, December 10th, from 1pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, 4939 South 118th Street, Omaha, Ne 68137.