Clifford Davis "Cliff" Nelsen, chairman emeritus and former
president of Nelsen Steel Co., Franklin Park, Ill., has died at
his home in Key Largo, Fla., after a brief illness. He was
After graduating from
the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950 with a
bachelors degree in metallurgical engineering, Nelsen
joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and served on a number of ships
in the Caribbean before joining the family business that his
father started in 1939. He moved through the ranks of Nelsen
Steel, a cold-finished carbon and alloy steel bar
producer, and became president in 1967, a role he held
until his retirement in 1994.
Nelsen served as an
alderman on Des Plaines City Council and also was a member of a
U.S. Commerce Department Industry Sector Advisory Committee
which advised the Commerce Secretary on trade matters. He also
served on the boards of Des Plaines National Bank, Plaines Bank
and Roberts Industries.
He is survived by his
wife, four children and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service is being planned for late fall. Memorial
donations may be made to the Ocean Reef Club Medical Center
Foundation in Key Largo, Fla., or the Hospice of the Florida
Keys in Tavernier, Fla.