LACONIA — Dr. Carl Daniel Nelson, 81, of 227 Ledges Drive, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Taylor Community at Ledgeview.
He was born on Dec. 29, 1935, in Jamestown, New York, the son of the late Joseph D. and Elsie (Johnson) Nelson.
Carl served as a captain in the Air Force.
He worked for many years as a veterinarian at Cheshire Animal Hospital which he co-founded with Dr. Charles Putnam. He was a 50-year member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, a 32nd Degree Mason in the Valley of Keene, and a Bektash Shriner.
He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Judith (Dexter) Nelson of Laconia; one son, Brian Nelson and his wife Jennifer of Stratham; one daughter, Susan LeDuc of New Hampton; one brother, Samuel Nelson and his wife Donna of Busti, New York; two sisters, Carolyn Rowell and her husband Stephen of Rochester, New York, and Lucille Donalies of Rochester, New York; five grandchildren, Ashley Paquette, Kate Bruning, Taylor Nelson, Pierce LeDuc and Spencer Nelson; one great grandchild, Piper Bruning; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Dr. John Nelson.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, KS 66675-8540, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Burns Unit, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.