Charles Lee Nelson died Feb. 10, 2007, in Angoon. He was 23.
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He was born Sept. 11, 1983, to Leon Charles Nelson and Deborah Jim, both of Angoon. He belonged to the Dog Salmon clan in Angoon and the Sockeye house in Hoonah.
Nelson worked various jobs, most recently with the Chatham School District as a laborer. It was a job he really enjoyed, his family said.
According to family members, he loved to work on cars and play the guitar. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and brothers. He was a not a man of many words, but through his actions, he showed his love for his family by doing what he could for them. He had a good heart, his family said.
He spent a lot of time with his grandfather in Angoon, chopping wood, watching movies or halibut fishing. He was also helpful to his grandmother, Jessie Jim.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandfather, Charlie Jim; sister, Melissa Ann; family members, Charlie Jim Sr., Johnny Gamble, George Nelson Sr., Oscar Bennett and Cyrus Peck; great-grandmother, Nadja Peck; cousins, Brenda and Marilyn Gamble; aunt, Laurie Jim; and great-aunt, Elizabeth John.
His grandmother, Jessie Jim, died within days of his passing. He was laid to rest with his father and grandmother.
He is survived by his mother; sisters, Katherine Nelson and Irene Duncan; brothers, Frank McClusky Jr., and Jacob McClusky; grandmother, Beverly Dugaqua; grandfathers, George Nelson Jr., Joe Nakumura and Wally Frank Sr.; great-grandmothers, Jenny Jim and Florence Bennett; uncles, George Nelson III, Frank Lane and Mac Nakumura; aunts, Pamela Larson, Tracy Nelson, Christy Dugaqua and Mary Nelson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Alaska and Oregon.
Pallbearers are Johnny Jay Gamble, Al Curtis Johnson, Levi Johnson, Johnathan Zuboff, Alfred Demmert, Robert Paul Jr., Morry Israel and Stephen Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Jenny Jim, Martha Nelson, Matilda Gamble, Wally and Harold Frank, Pete McClusky, Frank Jack Sr., Reggie Nelson, George Nelson Jr., Paul and Frank White, Charles Jack Sr., Ernest Jack Sr., Thomas Jack Sr., James Jack Sr., Albert Kookesh, John Howard, George B. Johnson, Larry James, Alice Bennett, Frank Jim and Richard George.
Services are pending in Juneau. Contact 957-0195 for more information regarding services in Juneau. In Angoon, call (907) 209-7544 or (907) 788-3254.