We are saddened to report the death of N. Royce Nelson on May 21, 2018.
Nels Royce Nelson, 70, was born September 1, 1947, in Salina to Richard and Mary Ellen Nelson. Royce grew up in Westfall, Kansas and was a graduate of Lincoln High School. It was at the University of Kansas where he met Linda, the love of his life, and earned a degree in business and accounting, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the KU School of Law. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army earning the rank of captain. For the past 46 years, Royce practiced estate planning and tax law at Hampton & Royce, L.C.
At the time of his death, Royce was serving on the board of Salina Family Health Care and served as president for many years. He was also a past president of the Salina Country Club board of directors. Royce loved his family and gardening, and had an unwavering loyalty for his Kansas Jayhawks. He spent many summers coaching various softball teams for each of his daughters, forging life-long cherished bonds with his players.
Royce is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda; daughters, Amy Nelson Friedel of Highland Ranch, Colorado, Polly Nelson Peters (Aric) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Carrie Nelson of Fairway, Kansas; mother, Mary Ellen Nelson of Topeka, Kansas; sister, Dana Nelson Hale (Chuck) of Topeka, Kansas; brother, Douglas Nelson (Cappi) of Topeka, Kansas; grandsons, Grant and Luke Peters of Overland Park, Kansas, and Nathan Friedel of Highland Ranch, Colorado,
He was preceded in death by his father, Nels Richard Nelson.