Adolphus Nelson Sr. of Buffalo, a retired employee of Dresser Industries in Depew, died Wednesday after suffering a stroke in Garden Gate Nursing Home, West Seneca. He was 75.
A native of Wetumpka, Ala., he moved to Buffalo in 1949. He graduated from Elmore County Training School.
In 1951, Mr. Nelson joined the Army. He served as a staff sergeant in the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.
He worked in metal and mineral processing at Dresser from 1955 to 1985, when he retired.
Mr. Nelson served for 30 years as chairman of the deacon board at Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church. He also sang in the senior choir and was on the senior usher board.
His wife, Delores Boudry Nelson, died in 1983.
Surviving are three daughters, Lisa D. Young and Crystal R. Kelly, both of Buffalo, and Anita Jones of Williamsville; two sons, Adolphus Jr. and Avery, both of Buffalo; three sisters, Nellie Barnes, Velvet Nelson and Mildred Greene, all of Buffalo; three brothers, James and Thomas Jr., both of Buffalo, and Albert of Wetumpka; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Tuesday in Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church, 790 Humboldt Parkway, after a wake at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.