Remembering Nelson Trickey

March 2, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nelson G. Trickey passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born on June 28, 1924 in Pocahontas, Mo. to Arthur and Ida Trickey, and was a member of the Pocahontas 4-H Club in Cape Girardeau County.

Nelson dedicated most of his life to Missouri 4-H. His passion for the program began in 1937 as a young 4-H member in Cape Girardeau County and eventually led to a 4-H career that spanned more than five decades.

After earning his degree in agriculture in 1946, Nelson began working for the University of Missouri Extension Service in Henry County. Nelson and his wife, Lorene, were married on July 25, 1954, following his return from the Korean War. After earning his master's degree in 1955, Nelson returned to MU Extension as a 4-H Youth Specialist in Livingston County. In 1958, he was invited to the state 4-H office in Columbia, where he worked until his retirement in 1984.

Nelson served on the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees for more than 19 years. He was both a Missouri 4-H and a National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate and received numerous 4-H awards throughout his life. His tireless devotion to the 4-H program can be summed up in his own words, "I'd rather wear out than rust out." Nelson also served on the board of First Christian Church, and was a devoted volunteer for the Boone County 4-H program, the American Cancer Society of Boone County, Benton Elementary School, and Jefferson Junior High School. He was a member of Pinnacles Youth Foundation and Golden K Kiwanis Club.

In 2002, the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees established the Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award, in honor of Nelson's efforts to build bridges that create positive connections for Missouri 4-H'ers and their communities. Nelson's kind demeanor affected everyone he met, and for that, he will be greatly missed.

Nelson is survived by his wife and two daughters, Laurie Seigel of Columbia and Linda Trickey (Allen Johnson) of Atlanta, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Paul Seigel (Melissa) of Columbia, and Emma, Claire and Catherine Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.

Memorials may be given to the Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Fund, 1110 S. College Avenue, Columbia, MO 65211.