Nelson Reaker

July 21, 1946 — July 19, 2020

Nelson Reaker, 73, of Gas City, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 4:51 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Marion General Hospital in Marion. 

He was born on July 21, 1946, in Bremen, to the late Earl M. and Erma Mae (Rans) Reaker. 

Nelson enjoyed being outside, especially doing yard work and mowing the lawn. He loved working on the family farm and driving the tractor. Nelson also enjoyed watching old black and white TV shows like “The Lone Ranger” and “Gunsmoke” as well listening to old time radio programs. He also loved to watch football games on TV, and regardless of who was playing, he cheered for every touchdown. 

Nelson’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. He was known to prepare everyone for the big day at least two weeks prior by saying, “big turkey!” 

Nelson will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. 

Nelson is survived by his sisters: Rosemary Scurry of Waycross, Georgia, and Darlene [Merlin] Kreighbaum of Plymouth; brother Owen Reaker of Winamac; nieces: Elaine Lee of Waycross, Georgia, Bonnie Waggoner of Waycross, Georgia, Susan Taylor of Waycross, Georgia, and Cathy Herrin of Bell Buckle, Tennessee; nephew JD Kreighbaum of Terre Haute; and several great-nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Earl M. and Erma Mae (Rans) Reaker; brother Donald Reaker; and nephews: Jay Reaker and Earl Teitsch. 

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Bremen Cemetery in Bremen. Burial will take place at the Bremen Cemetery in Bremen.

Memorial contributions may be made to PEAK Community Services.

Online tributes may be offered at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 22, 2020) 

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
Fax Number: (574) 946-7471

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