age 86, of Festus, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus. He was born November 29, 1932 in Crystal City, Missouri, the son of the late Myrtle (nee Peebles) Whiteside, and the late Charles William Nelson.
He is survived by his wife Janet (nee Guelbert) Nelson; son Charles William Nelson of Baytown, Texas; daughter Kathy (Ed) Aumann of Festus; grandchildren Tori (Eric) Haislar, Charles (Olivia) Nelson, Dawn (Jamie) Majano, Angie (Kirk) Brown, Michael (Jenny) Aumann, and Carla (John) Sherman; and great-grandchildren Connor, Olivia, Nick, Emmy, Viviene, Jordyn, Jakob, Owen, Nicole, Alex, Sierra, Caleb, and Dustin.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by sisters Vivian (the late Ray) Boyer, and Mildred (the late Mel) Carpenter; and a brother Louis Whiteside.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran; a retired contractor for the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, Missouri; member of the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge; and member of American Legion #253.
Visitation 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 25, 2019 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Our Lady Church in Festus, officiated by Fr. Gregory Klump, Pastor. Interment with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are preferred to the American Heart Association.