George P. Nelson, Jr.

  • Born: January 20, 1923
  • Died: January 24, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Husband and Friend

George Philip Nelson, Jr. entered eternal rest in San Antonio, Texas January 24th, 2019. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on January 20, 1923, to George P. Nelson and Elizabeth Jane (Foster) Nelson. He graduated from Central Catholic High School ('40) and earned a BS in chemistry (1947), a BBA (1948), and an MBA (1966) from St. Mary's University.

George was a Naval Officer during World War II aboard the USS Ahrens and Osberg serving in both the European and Pacific theaters. Following separation from active duty, he served in the Naval Reserve retiring as a Captain after 25 years of service. George worked from 1951 - 1986 serving as an Intelligence Specialist & Resource Manager for the Electronic Security Command for the United States Air Force. He traveled the world, living in Germany for two years where his first child was born.

George was a charter member of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center, serving as the first Deputy for Management Support working directly with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in the grade GM-15. George also served as a Board Member and Treasurer for Security Service Federal Credit Union from 1973 - 1987.

While George achieved his career objectives, his greatest pride was his family. He married his beloved wife Peggy (Bourret) in 1955 to whom he was devoted for 54 years until her death. Peggy was a Registered Nurse and, with George's help, also successfully operated a children's consignment shop during the 1980s. George enjoyed gardening, cooking, dancing, playing the piano and harmonica, reading the comics and telling jokes. He is survived by his daughters, Shari Heath and husband Kelly of Austin, Cathy Steves and husband Jimmie of San Antonio, Carol Rábago and husband Paul of Cedar Park, grandchildren Keri and Hunter Heath and twins James and Thomas Rábago, sister Patsy Crane and numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.



Father Kevin Shanahan will officiate. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368 Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or you can go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Please accept my sympathy for the death of your dear loved one, may you be comforted by loving memories and the promise stated at John 6:40. Find more at JW.

Posted by C L    January 26, 2019

As a Sunday lunch partner for the past ten years, I will miss you very much.

Posted by Jimmie Steves - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   January 26, 2019

I will miss my partner for the past 10 years for Sunday lunch. You were such a gentleman. I will miss you very much.

Posted by Jimmie Steves - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   January 26, 2019

Your dad was always such a happy man. He loved y'all immensely. I loved talking with him about the family history. My heartfelt condolences and prayers. He is back with your sweet mom and watching you all from above. Godspeed and much ❤

Posted by Chris Crane - San Antonio, TX - Family   January 25, 2019

As one of his caregivers for 5 years, I can say George Nelson was always a gentleman, and other residents where he lived recognized that trait also. A spiffy dresser every day, making certain everything was right. I assured people that the gentleman in him made working for him a real pleasure. At times it seemed like he was taking care of me rather than the other way around; trying to put me in and out of the elevator first, wanting assurance I was going to eat something, sharing sections of the newspaper, asking if I was OK if I coughed or sneezed, many "Thank yous" through out the day for simple courtesies I gave him, wanting to know that I had my car parked in a safe place, and always, always, a "Good night, take care getting home". Early on he entertained me with exciting stories from his life in the service during WWII and of his love for and closeness to his family. Family history in Texas was a great pride to him and I think his genealogy work is a treasure. A man of resilience, he did his several physical rehabilitation episodes as Duty but showed much displeasure at that requirement, and his recoveries were always the best and amazing to his therapists. He taught me an appreciation for the wake up vocals of Frank Sinatra in the mornings, solving puzzles in the daily newspaper, and how to play the harmonica, something he became famous for at his residence facilities, as well as his love of dancing. If I made him laugh, he sure could make me laugh too. I salute you, Mr. Nelson, and thank you for your service to our country.
Letitia Fulcher
Sisters Care

Posted by Letitia Fulcher - Friend   January 25, 2019

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