Dr. Howard Kirk Nelsen,94, of Ponca City, left this earth on September 25, 2020. A private, family graveside ceremony will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Pastor Ned Moerbe officiating. Public viewing will be from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Trout Funeral Home & Crematory. The graveside ceremony will be broadcast live. The broadcast can be accessed by visiting www.troutfuneralhome.com between 1:45 PM and 2:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2020, and selecting the Livestream link in the upper right hand of the homepage. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at a later date.
Howard was born on the kitchen table in Ponca City, on May 14, 1926, to Hans and Christina (Kirk) Nelsen. He graduated from Ponca High School in 1944, then joined the US Army. He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946, being trained as a radio operator at Fort Sill ,OK. After the Army he used his GI Bill to attend Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, MO, in 1950 graduating with a Doctor Of Chiropractor (D.C.) and would serve the next 40 years as a chiropractor at his firm, HK Nelsen Chiropractic in Blackwell. He was also a licensed chiropractor in Kansas, Arkansas and Colorado. Howard also previously worked for a time as a postman.
Howard married Margaret Grayson on July 8, 1951 and they celebrated 68 years and 11 months of marriage together. He and Margaret loved to travel and after retiring, lived in Weslaco, TX in the winters for several years.
Howard served as past PTA President in the 60’s. He was secretary/treasurer of the Jaycees, Drug Awareness Chairman of the Kiwanis Club. He received perfect attendance from the Kiwanis, having never missed a meeting in 27 years.. He also served as president of the Civic Music Association, was a member of the Barbershop Chorus for over 20 years; as well as the Barbershop Chorus in McAllen, TX. He served as secretary of NW District of Oklahoma Chiropractic Association. Howard was also a charter member of the American Chiropractic Association. Howard was a long time member and elder at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blackwell and also First Lutheran Church in Ponca City. He served as treasure and financial secretary.
Howard enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes for over 30 years and was a charter member of local Good Ole Okie Flying Society, also known as “GOOF’s”.
He is survived by his children; David Nelsen and his wife, Mel, of Ponca City, Deborah Nelsen, of Midwest City, OK, Daniel Nelsen and his wife, Hannah, of Stillwater; grandchildren, Kevin Nelsen, Nick Nelsen, Tim Nelsen and brother, Dean Nelsen, of Wichita, KS.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his parents and sister, Grace Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 1101 N 4th St, Ponca City, OK 74601