Adrian Paul “AP” Nelson

April 30, 2020

Adrian Paul “AP” Nelson, 91, of Frankfort, passed away at Wesley Manor on April 30, 2020.  He was born May 9, 1928 in Dickson, Tennessee to William Thomas and Bradley Linnie (Foster) Nelson.  He married Patricia Anne Leininger on September 24, 1961 and she survives.

AP served during the Korean War prior to beginning work for Indiana Bell.  He retired after 34 years, but continued to work many part-time jobs until the age of 85.  He was a longtime attendee of Oakland Christian Church and Antioch Church, and along with that was a steady member of both the Carroll County and Clinton County Jail Ministries.  He was a self-taught mechanic specializing in lawn tractors and antique cars.  He also enjoyed time playing his guitar, but most of all was an avid horseman through and through, with Maggie being his pride and joy for 20 years.

Visitation and Services

A private family gathering will be held. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics of Clinton County or Antioch Church Building Fund. Burial will be in the Veterans Section of Green Lawn Memorial Park.

Survived by:

He is survived by his wife: Patricia A. Nelson of Frankfort, daughter: Pam (Dean) Huddleston of Frankfort, son: John Nelson of Fishers, 3 Grandchildren: Morgan (David) Hutsell, Kenzie (Caleb) Harris (who was her grandparents’ caretaker for 2 ½ years) and Grant Nelson, as well as 3 great grandsons, Gavin, Trenton and Chandler.

Preceded by:

Paul was preceded in death by his 8 older siblings.


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33 Condolences for “Adrian Paul “AP” Nelson”

  1. Tammy Martin May 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for the family. Jon and Tammy Martin

  2. Bill and Lou Ray May 1, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. The Nelson’s were always such good neighbors and always so friendly. At Christmas time, he always brought us his peanut brittle and it was always so so good! Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and family. Your neighbors, Bill and Lou Ray

  3. Carolyn Ellis May 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Pat & family I am so very sorry to hear about Paul. However I know he is now in a better place. But he will be so missed by a lot of people. He made friends wherever he went. Such a good, kind Christian man. May God give you peace as you go through this sad adjustment. My prayers to you & the family.

  4. Vicki Albaugh May 1, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    This man was a great guy! When he worked on my mowers, I knew they would be in great shape when he brought them back! AP ws a good honest man and will be missed! Fly high angel.

  5. Tammy Martin May 1, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family
    Jon and Tammy Martin

  6. Melody Chenoweth May 1, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Dear Pam and family,

    My deepest condolences. I’m lifting you and your family up in prayers.

  7. Trisha (CNA) May 1, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Dear family of Paul –
    AP was truly one of a kind, and I’m honored to have been trusted to care for him. He will be missed greatly and I will fondly remember the way he spoke of his loved ones and the way those crystal blue eyes of his could see into your soul. Sending all of my love and prayers.

  8. Mike Hall May 1, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Honored that I was invited to work in the home but the real privilege was the opportunity to get to know the man. Sorry for the loss to the family but praising God for such a life legacy. As fine a man as I’ve ever known.

  9. Jeff Cox May 2, 2020 at 7:31 am

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed cutting his hair, he always talked about family, horses and any hobbies that he was doing at the time.
    Jeff Cox

  10. Phyllis Lowery May 2, 2020 at 8:43 am

    To the Huddleston family, so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. So comforting to know he is with Jesus and you will see him again. Until then may God comfort each one of you through this difficult time.

  11. Phil & Gloria (Ebert) Crum May 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Sincere sympathies to all of “AP”‘s family and friends. He was always a great neighbor in Michigantown.

  12. Tom and Phyllis Hoyer May 2, 2020 at 11:25 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Paul bought one of my father’s horses (Sonny) Gerald Wright several years ago. We were all friends and will miss his smiling face. Prayers to you and your family.

  13. Julie Mink May 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to all of you. May peace fill your hearts until you meet again. Joe and Julie Mink

  14. Wayne & Karen Patchett May 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Pat, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family. Treasure your memories and find comfort in them as you go through this time of loss.
    Wayne & Karen

  15. Marshall and Bea Hills May 2, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Pam so sorry to read of your father’s passing. It is not easy but may God give you & your family the needed comfort.
    I miss our days at FMC. Bea Hills

  16. Tina Quick May 2, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    My prayers & thoughts are with you.

  17. Rosemary May 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    What a sweet man! I am so sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed talking to Paul at Wesley Manor. He always smiled and talked about his horses. Praying you find God’s comfort during this difficult time!

  18. Nancy Elsea May 2, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Paul was a great guy who always had a smile and loved to share his love and knowledge of horses. He will certainly be missed by many. My sympathy to all of you. I feel certain he is enjoying a ride right now in heaven.

  19. Randy Pillion May 2, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Looking back through the years, I don’t know that I can remember a time that I didn’t know Paul, .and I THANK GOD for that opportunity! Paul has ALWAYS been a shining light and a WONDERFUL example of GOD’S Love. He seems to have shown it through pretty much everything that he did or was involved in/with. As a family we so wish that we could be there with/for you all in this difficult time, but we also know that YOU ALL KNOW, that Paul is now safe, complete, and happy in the arms of his Lord and Savior. May you all feel the love that we’re sending your way now and in the times to come.

    Randy, Judy, Nathan, and John Pillion

  20. Fran Reagan May 3, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Pat and the Huddleston family my thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of a very special person in your life. Just praising God for a special person I had the privilege to know. Remember all the good times and store up those memories. May God’s peace and comfort be with you.

  21. Dick McCarty May 3, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Paul at IBT. I also am a horse lover. We used to talk about that a lot. He was a good guy and I will miss him.

  22. Ken & virgie Smith May 3, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss . He was a wonderful friend. He will be missed

  23. Jeff Duerksen May 3, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I enjoyed the few times I spent with the Nelson’s while visiting. John, Paul and Pat were incredibly friendly and hospitable. Such a great family, my prayers are with the family through this difficult time. I’m sure anyone who has met the family considers themselves very blessed as I do.

  24. Richard and Marilyn Clouse May 4, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family with your loss of Paul! We lived neighbors for years. He was a fine man. May God give you all peace at this time.

    Richard and Marilyn Clouse

  25. Sonya Miller May 4, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Nelson family,
    My heart aches for you all and Paul’s passing, but know Heaven has gained another horseman legend. I always enjoyed our horse talks and rides together.
    Happy trails in Heaven horse friend,
    Sonya Miller

  26. Jackie Kingery May 4, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I first met him (and Pat) at Oakland Church. He was a wonderful and kind person. I also enjoyed playing with him in JDs garage band. I remember his yellow 12-string. Those were good times.

  27. Doug and Lisa Hines May 4, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Sending you all a virtual hug!!!! Will always remember the photo of your mom and dad talking through the window at Wesley Manor! What a picture of a bond of love!!! You are all in our hearts and prayers!!

  28. Steve and Burdie Alles May 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Paul was a beautiful soul. He was always so supportive of us and helped us in many ways, from doing work at our 2 story home, to sharing his famous peanut brittle. He was an amazing Christian who was a great example of sharing his faith in all he did. A faithful servant. Our love and prayers. Steve and Burdie Alles

  29. Tim albaugh May 5, 2020 at 8:42 am

    So sorry for your loss, Pam, I knew your daddy was a great guy.

  30. Sue and Kenny Myers May 5, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Dear family.
    Paul always had a smile. I met him long ago in the horse riding days at Fishbacks stables.
    He was a kind and generous Christian man. It was a blessing to know him.
    God bless you all during this time.
    Sue and Kenny Myers

  31. Larry Good May 7, 2020 at 8:54 am

    May God’s peace surround you and uphold you through this difficult time. You are in all our thoughts and prayers.
    Larry and Kathleen Good

  32. Pete Randolph May 9, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    What a pleasure it was to know and work with A.P. He was kind and considerate to everyone. And always fun to work with! He loved the Lord and served him everyday. The world was a kinder place while he was here. Our love to all the family. Pete and Pam Randolph

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