Nelsen was born February 28, 1923 in Brayton, Iowa. In 1940 at the age 17, George enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his tour of duty he saw action in the Algerian, Tunisian, and Italian Campaigns receiving three bronze battle stars. George volunteered to be in the 1st Ranger Battalion which was formed in Scotland and they were trained by British Commandos. He was honorably discharged on June 11, 1945 and returned to the Exira area.
He was an avid reader enjoying books and newspapers. George enjoyed playing cards, gardening, and attending Ranger Reunions. But most of all he loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
The family will meet with friends Wednesday evening, June 14, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira, Iowa. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Thursday morning June 15, 2017, at 10:30 A.M. at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira, Iowa. Interment will be in the Exira Cemetery in Exira.