Nelson embraces future
Dean Adkins - Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:22:45 CDT
(Corning)---Chris Nelson is grateful for many things. For one, after a livestock trailer tire exploded a year ago and severely damaged his right hand, he's thankful to be alive. Chris is also grateful for his family and the many years he's been blessed to devote to the people of Adams County through extension work.
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Chris is a 1966 graduate of Stanton High School. He received further education at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda before embarking on an educational journey at Iowa State University where he got his bachelor's degree in education and attended grad school.
Meeting his college sweetheart while performing with the Iowa State Singers choral group, he and his wife, Barb, have now been married for 39 years and have enjoyed raising two children, Carroll and Cathy. After college Chris taught school in Villisca for five years before trying his hand at farming.
The 1980's farm crisis led Chris to explore his next career path; extension work through Iowa State University where he's been happily devoting his time to the people of Adams County for the last 27 years.
These days Chris is employed through Adams County and spends his time working extension on a part-time basis while tending to his Black Angus and Black Simmental cow herd.
He also still attends therapy sessions three times-a-week to help restore strength and mobility in a hand that has come a long way since the tragic accident a little over a year ago. Amongst everything else that Chris is thankful for, he's extremely thankful for the Creighton University surgeon who put his hand back together in May of 2010.
Ever the optimist, Chris is looking to the future by reminding all of us fair season is just around the corner with the Adams County Fair starting July 13th in Corning. When you're there and you see Chris, don't be afraid to shake his hand. He'll look you in the eye and give you a strong shake and tell you challenges make you tougher and every day is a gift.
We thank Chris Nelson for his gift of service to the Adams and Montgomery County areas for all these years and look forward to seeing him at the Adams County Fair!