Richard A. Nelson

Obituary of Richard A. Nelson

Fort Worth, Texas - Richard A. Nelson was welcomed at Heaven's gate with arms wide open by his wife, Elizabeth, on May 5, 2024.  His legacy continues through his three daughters, Kathleen, Cecilia and Mary Elizabeth. 

Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., with visitation following until 6 p.m., on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Thompson's Harveson & Cole, 4350 River Oaks Blvd. 

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Holy Family Catholic Church.  Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

Richard Alois Nelson (“Dick”) was born on June 24th, 1936 to Mathew Rogers Nelson and Anna Marie Litz in Lockport, NY.  He attended DeSales Catholic High School and later graduated in 1954.  In 1961, Dick graduated from Catholic University with a BA (major in Philosophy and minor in Mathematics).  In 1965, in Niagara Falls, NY, Dick received the Ordination to Priesthood and 2 years later received an MA in Education at Villanova University.  After 10 plus years of being a priest, he felt a calling to start a family and he followed his heart.

In 1977, he moved to Oklahoma to work at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.  There he lassoed Elizabeth Foley in and she soon became the love of his life.  The Nelson Ranch House quickly blossomed when they married on June 20, 1981.  They had three Fillies: Kathleen, Cecilia and Mary Elizabeth.   Daddy Stallion soon moved his Mare and beautiful Fillies to Fort Worth, TX, where he worked for over 35 years at Nolan Catholic High School in a variety of roles in administration.


Dick prioritized his faith and family along with his morning Waffle House routine at 5am each day before work.  The Pony Express loved traveling and making memories during summer vacations and exploring new places along with trying new restaurants and going to weekly Catholic Mass.


Dick would do anything and everything for his Queen Mare.  The Stallion and the Mare have always inspired the three Fillies when it comes to their Marriage and their love story continues through their daughters.  Dick and Elizabeth were blessed to share memories of a lifetime with their beautiful 8 grandchildren Foals: Mia, Tucker, Brody, Lina, Mateo, JJ, Skylar and Vivian along with 3 more Stallions: Ricardo, Manny and Michael.  Together, the extended Nelson Family continues the Pony Express and the legacy carries on.