743132 - Iva W. VanDoren & Dick J. Nelson
HUSBND: NELSON, Dick J.
MARR.>: 16-May-1959 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
FATHER: NELSON, ?
WIFE>>: VanDOREN, Iva W.
BIRTH>: 07-Dec-1928 Fulton County, Indiana
DEATH>: 06-Dec-2002 Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana
BURIAL: Akron Cemetery, Fulton County, Indiana
FATHER: VanDOREN, Harold D.
MOTHER: LEECH, Mary
She was first married to LaVierre Calvin Wagner in Warsaw, Indiana on 08-Jun-1952.
He died 09-Sep-1954 at Akron, Indiana.
There were no children from either marriage.
Kosciusko County Indiana Telephone Directory (Sprint) June 1997 p.97
Nelson, Dick J.; 10589 S. Hoosier Ave.; Silver Lake; phone 352-2484
Biography: Rochester (IN) Sentinel of Wednesday 01-Dec-1993 page 3
Iva Nelson Observes 40th Anniversary with Sonoco
by Ann Kindig, Sentinel Correspondent
Steno pad in hand, Iva Nelson started working at the Akron office of Sonoco Products
Company 40 years ago yesterday. Thousands of letters and reports later, she's still
there as an executive secretary.
A terminal links her with the main frame in Hartsville, S.C., for data exchange
and a computer does much of the work she once did with the manual typewriter the
company brought in from one of its other branches. Dictation equipment has replaced
the steno pad, but she still makes memos to herself in shorthand. Copiers and fax
machines have taken the place of the ditto machine and telephones with built-in
memories have eliminated the need for her to memorize area codes, but she still
knows them by heart.
"I always found that it made my work easier," she said, laughing her storehouse
of knowledge that goes back to the days when it didn't take long to become
acquainted with the plant's other employees, all 11 of them.
At that time, Akron was Sonoco's 10th branch established outside South Carolina.
The company now has 130 plants in the United States in addition to subsidiaries in
20 other countries. The Akron plant employs more than 100 people.
"It's been an exciting 40 years," said Nelson, "because Akron has always pioneered
new products. We were the first to manufacture soap and bleach dispensers, tae cores,
SONO-LOC - the list goes on and on. We're constantly updating, which makes this
a very successful model plant.
"I'be been blessed to work with good people," she added, reflecting on her
association with the late Herbert Byrd, which she equates to the college training
she never had, and with the late Jim Henderson. "The Akron plant has always been
a training ground for new employees, and may of the company's officials worked
here at some time during their careers. J. C. Rhodes is now a Hartsville executive,
Russell King Jr. is president of the company." All were former plant managers.
Nelson's present boss, Merl Tinkey, began his own career as a worker in the Akron
tube line. Now general manager of the paper mill-general film core business unit,
he has his home and office in Akron, but the plant is in a different business
unit. "We've grown so much it was necessary to regroup," Nelson explained.
A 1946 graduate of Akron High School, the former Iva VanDoren worked for lawyers,
an insurance agency and a tax accounting firm before joining Sonoco three months
after the Akron office was established. "I think all that early experience made
my work easier," she said. "I've never stopped learning. With the introduction of
computers to the work place, I took a basic concepts course from Purdue. I've
visited the Hartsville office, which gave me a better understanding fot he
But life isn't all work and no play. Nelson and her husband, Dick, a retired
Gripco machinist, live near Silver Lake with their Yorkshire terrier. "I love
the fragrance, texture and feel of plants," she said, "and I have a big garden
full of herbs and oldfashioned roses." And, she added, she also has a room filled
with file cabinets, a typewriter and a computer. "I've traced the VanDorens back
to 1685 New Amsterdam," she said, "and I'm still working on them. My affinity
for detail helps. I want to keep my mind active."
Still, she hasn't set a deadline for retirement. "That will come eventually,"
she said, "but until then I intend to continue working. Forty years seems a long
time, but it doesn't seem possible it's passed so quickly."
Obituary: Rochester (IN) Sentinel of of Monday 09-December-2002
IVA W. NELSON
Dec. 7, 1928-Dec. 6, 2002
SILVER LAKE, Ind. -- Iva W. Nelson, 73, 10589 S. Hoosier Ave., died at 2:45 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6, 2002) at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.
Mrs. Nelson was born on Dec. 7, 1928, in Fulton County to Harold and Mary (Leech) VanDoren. She married Dick J. Nelson on May 16, 1959, in Fort Wayne.
She is survived by her husband; a brother, Byron (Joyce) VanDoren of Akron; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill VanDoren.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, Ind. Services will be at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.
Mrs. Nelson was a secretary for 41 years at Sonoco Products Co. in Akron, Ind. She was also a member of the Sonoco Old-Timers Club.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
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