|This long obituary is taken from the collection in the Notebook of Long Obituaries. The original newspaper article can be found in the Blair Library, Genealogy Room.|
Since the exact death date was not given, the date of the newspaper article was used. Published in The Enterprise, January 4, 1979
(picture) caption: A few weeks ago Kent Nelson received the Special Conservation Award at the Annual Meeting of the Washington County Extension Service and Papio N.R.D. Pictured above is Dwayne Mazour as he makes the presentation to Mr. Nelson, on the right.
COUNCIL BLUFFS POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE NELSON DEATH
Council Bluffs Police continue the investigation into the death of Kent Nelson which occurred Sunday morning about 1 a.m. at the home of his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Pedersen of Council Bluffs. Nelson died at Jenny Edmundsen Hospital in Council Bluffs early Sunday morning.
Council Bluffs Police Chief Ed Dinovo, when questioned by the Enterprise, Wednesday morning, said that the investigation is continuing at the present time and that they have no suspects at present. The death is being investigated “as a homicide,” Chief Dinovo said. Suicide has been eliminated as a possible cause of death.
Chief Dinovo said that Nelson was shot with a shot gun. He declined comment on whether a weapon had been found at the scene and stated that he had, “no further comment on the case at the present time.” The Council Bluffs Department is waiting to receive information from the State on items which were sent in for analysis. “More information should be available after that information returns,” he said.
Nelson and his two children, who had been to visit their mother in the hospital and had then returned with their grandparents to their home, were spending the night at the home, where the shooting occurred.