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John Nelson
Assistant Rabban
John Nelson

John Nelson was born in Evansville, Indiana on May 29, 1965, to John w. and Shelby Jean Nelson. He attended Bosse High School, graduating in 1983, majoring in Vocational Printing and Food Science later received a certificate in Labor Studies from Indiana University of continuing education. John was a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis. Because of spinal scoliosis, he wore a back brace for four years and had surgery in 1983 to correct his curvature. In 1986, John joined Evansville Lodge #64 and became a member of Hadi Shriners.

John and his lady, Misti Frayser, are the proud parents of two sons, John W. Nelson a nd Jeremy Nelson. For the past eight years, John has worked at Tri-State Painting Co., in Evansville, as office administrator handling payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payables. Previously, he spent 12 years at Lewis Bakeries.

John is a Senior DeMolay from Evansville Chapter, Past Master Councilor, served as a State Officer and received the Degree of Chevalier. John currently serves on the Advisory Council; he has served as Chapter Dad and Chairman multiple times. Both of his sons are Senior DeMolays. John served as a State Advisor in 2013 when his youngest son, Jeremy, was the 82nd State Master Councilor. John received the Guild of the Leather Apron in 2012, International DeMolay Cross of Honor and DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Very active in supporting the Rainbow Girls as well, John has served on the Rainbow Board for Hazel Thompson Coats Assembly, Order of the Rainbow, and has received the Rainbow Cross of Honor. John served as Director of the Warrick County Klowns in 1991-1992 and President in 1994. He received numerous outstanding awards and was Treasurer for last five years before the club merged with the Hadi Funsters clown unit in 2005.

John then served as President of the Hadi Funsters in 2008, Director in 2009-2010 and held the position of Treasurer for the last three years. He has received the President’s Award, Red Nose Award and Top Ten Award. John was inducted into the Funsters Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and was made Funster of the Year in 2014.

As a Hadi Shriner, John was President of the Public Relations Staff in 1996 and has served as Webmaster and Founder of, member of the Shrine Webmasters Association for many years. John has served many Potentates as a Potentate Aide and worked many years on the Red Fez Committee and also enjoyed cooking at various temple functions. John is an honorary member of Hadi Hospital Staff, Hadi Motor Corp. and Hadi Oriental Band. He is a member of the Swords of Bunker Hill, Order of the Hillbillies and Hadi Bowling League and was presented as the Hadi Shriner of the Year in 2011 by Potentate Ill. Sir Paul Egbert.

Beginning in 2015, John will be serving as an Associate Member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® St. Louis Board of Governors.