In loving memory of

Michael Allen Nelsen
November 3, 1946 - April 10, 2022

Michael Nelsen, age 75, passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 10, 2022. He was born November 3, 1946 to the late Verner and Doris Nelsen in Omaha, NE. Michael practiced law in Omaha for 46 years.

Michael is survived by his wife of 46 years, Penny Nelsen; children Erica (Dan) Bolen, Adam (Elsie) Nelsen, and Hilary (Greg) Pflug; grandchildren Tanner, Natalie, Bryson, Faith, Noah, and Lincoln; siblings Patty, Cindy, and Jeff; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 6:00 PM, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home's 90th Street Chapel with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM.

Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Burial at Omaha National Cemetery on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and Parkinson's Foundation.


John Ferrell wrote on Apr 17, 2022:

"Michael Nelson is deceased, but the memories of his life are vivid. We witnessed a person devoted to family, community, country: A pearl of stability and reason. Among his notable qualities he elevated the voices of marginalized communities, was legal representative to members of the U.S. Congress, and council to death row inmates. In numerous Omaha World Herald articles the theme of individual freedom permeates his rhetoric. Mike awakened us to flaws in our governing system, addressing controversial issues preferring reasonable solutions. An activist in peace and war, he ran for elected office, served in Vietnam, and denounced U.S. aggression. He was a patriot with thorns, a relentless flow of intelligent critical energy, a model of a life to emulate. With our love and sympathies, John R. Ferrell with Patricia and Kaitlin"