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
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 Hadishrine.org, 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.