Sunset Funeral Home
1800 St. George Rd., Evansville

Leave a Tribute

John Ray Nelson

July 29, 1947 - August 31, 2022


  1. REPLY
    Delores Hudson says

    John was such a good man. He always had a smile & kind words. He will be greatly missed. My sympathy goes out to my dear friend Shannon and all of his family.

  2. REPLY
    Kristi Pierson says

    Shannon, I still remember the time when the Judd’s song “Mama He’s Crazy” came on the radio and you told me that was about John. And, that’s exactly how I always knew Uncle John – he was crazy about you especially, but also about his daughters and his grandkids. He was always doing for others with a smile on his face. That is a special legacy for him to leave for all of us to learn by. May he rest in peace and may you always know how much he meant to us and how much we love you both!!!

  3. REPLY
    Kathy Schmitt says

    Shannon, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was so helpful and always had a smile and kind words. Prayers are with you and your family.
    Kathy Schmitt
    (Holy Rosary teacher)

  4. REPLY
    Darla Edwards says

    Shannon, I am so sorry you lost your John. Our John’s are together in heaven discussing the upcoming Kentucky basketball season. I hate that I am not there anymore to help. John and you were the best neighbors and friends. Love you and miss you!!

  5. REPLY
    Landon Overfield says

    I was shocked and saddened when I heard of John’s passing. He and I went to school together from 7th grade through high school. We didn’t see each other for YEARS but got reacquainted when our grandsons played soccer together at Henderson South Middle School. We became Facebook friends and enjoyed exchanging messages. John was always a friendly, caring person and just a “good guy”. Shannon, grandson Jack, and all of John’s family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers on this loss of a very special person. May God bless and comfort you in this time of grief.

Leave a Tribute

Once you click "Create Tribute", your tribute will be sent to a family member or representative to approve before it appears online.

John Ray Nelson, 75, of Evansville, Indiana passed away surrounded by his family August 31, 2022.  John was born in Henderson, KY to Andy and Anna Lorene Nelson on July 29, 1947.


John was such an amazing outgoing man that never met a stranger.  He loved everything UK especially watching football and basketball.  John was a dedicated family man, and very devoted to his family.  His biggest love was his grandchildren.  He worked over 25 years at Holy Rosary and even after he retired he was always volunteering.  John would do anything for anyone in need.


John will be missed by his wife Shannon of 40 years.  He will also be missed by his two daughters; Beth (Chris) Gentry and Sandy (Keith) Richardson.  John also leaves behind his grandchildren; Macy (Nate) Gentry, Jack Gentry, Sophie Gentry, Mason Richardson, and Carson Richardson.  He will also be missed by his sister Martha Sue (Mike) Pinson and many nieces and nephews.  John also leaves behind his dog, Cali that he went everywhere with him.


John is preceded in death by his parents Andy and Anna Lorene Nelson as well as his siblings; Donald, Mary Lou, Jimmy, and Lisa.


Visitation for John will be Tuesday September 6th, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home from 10am to 12pm with services at 12pm.