Art Nelson with his wife Maliece, whom he brought to Skagway. Photo courtesy of Roy Nelson.
Arthur L. Nelson was born October 13, 1913 in Coffeyville, Kansas. Drafted during World War II, he was sent to Alaska to work on construction of the Alaska Highway.
Home in Colorado on leave, he met and married Maliece Logan. Later assigned by the Army to work on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, he was able to bring his new wife and her young daughter, Ethel, to Skagway.
After the war ended, Art returned to Skagway to work for the White Pass as a civilian employee. During his 30 years with the WP&YR he worked as a carpenter in the car shop, and was also a steward in the Teamsters union.
Art enjoyed hunting and fishing in area lakes and mountains, and spending time with his family at their cabin in Dyea. He retired from the railroad in 1974 and moved to Colorado, and may have been the oldest living WP&YR retiree when he passed away peacefully on August 16, 2008, in Watonga, Oklahoma at the age of 95.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maliece, infant son Johnny, daughter Ethel MacNeill, grandson Melton MacNeill, granddaughter-in-law Barbara MacNeill, his sister Doris, and his brother Roy.
He is survived by his daughter Doris Mielke Grubbs of Greenfield, Oklahoma; son Roy Nelson of Skagway; nephew Chuck Horton of Skagway, niece Dawn Clark of Shelton, Washington; grandsons Robert and Dale MacNeill, David Mielke and granddaughter Lisa Whitehead, all of Skagway; great-grandchildren Dennis MacNeill, Sheena and Heather MacNeill, and Kara, Jessica and Zoe Whitehead, and five great-great-grandchildren. Submitted by the family