Greenwood Funeral Home
In Memory Of Robert 'Bob' Dean Nelson
Robert 'Bob' Dean Nelson
Robert 'Bob' Dean Nelson
Born: June 8, 1932
Died: July 3, 2013
Age: 81
Robert 'Bob' Dean Nelson
June 8, 1932 - July 3, 2013
Robert Dean Nelson was born on June 8, 1932 in Cherokee, IA to Hugo and Ellen (Nord) Nelson. He was baptized in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee and attended country school in rural Cherokee county.

He attended elementary school in Alta and Aurelia, moving to Prescott, AZ with his parents in 1944. He attended school in Prescott, graduating from Prescott High School in 1950.

Bob joined the United States Air Force in March, 1952, serving in Japan and Korea. He returned to Cherokee in 1956 after serving four years. Bob worked in the construction and painting business for several years. He was employed at Wilson Foods (Foodbrand America) which was later called Continental Deli, for 25 years. He retired in June, 1994.

Bob was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He served on the church council and was involved in church activities. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Wescott Post #2253. He was also a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local #179.

On February 10, 1957, Bob was united in marriage to Mary Dunlap at the Arthur Methodist Church. Cherokee was their home all their married life. Their union was blessed with two sons. Michael (Jill) Nelson of Snohomish, WA and Daniel (Shauna) Nelson of Des Moines, IA. Their family was blessed with five grandchildren, Alex, Adam, and Megan Nelson of Snohomish, WA and Lilly and Evelyn Nelson of Des Moines, IA.

Bob enjoyed coffee with friends, bowling, fishing and traveling to visit his family. Bob always had a friendly smile for everyone he met. He will be missed!

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Phillip, in infancy; sisters, Astrid, Myrtle, and Margaret; brothers, Everet, Garland, and Filmore; two nieces, Sandra Carlson and Connie Allen. He is survived by one brother, Donald Nelson of Littleton, CO.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Nelson of Cherokee, IA, his children, grandchildren, and many family and friends.

Condolences
Thursday, July 11, 2013
just learned of Bob's passing. Bob was a long time neighbor of mine, many Memories as I grew up. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to His Family. May God Bless You all
Rhonda L (Wilson) Weiland
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Mary, I'm sorry to hear of your loss in Bob's passing. You two appeared to be very close and I'm sure he will be missed. I miss seeing you both at The Spice Rack! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judi Klee
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Mary and family----it was with great sadness that I read of Bob's passing. You were both so good in including my mom in after Sat. night church meals. You don't know how much she appreciated that. Thanks for often putting up with me too.
Hope you are finding comfort and strength at this time in knowing Bob is both comfortable and happy.
Janice Kastengren Johnson
Friday, July 05, 2013
I've gotten to know Bob over the last few years and always enjoyed a chance to visit with him. He had such an accepting attitude and a sense of humor! He will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Blessings and prayers to all of his family and friends.
Kris Manteufel


SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Kathy Wicks
CASKET BEARERS
Doug Kennebeck
Tim Tapper
Jim Nelson
Denny Nelson
Alex Nelson
Adam Nelson
Gary Nelson
Dana Sleezer
VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 2 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 5-7 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
MUSIC
"Amazing Grace"
"Softly and Tenderly"
"Precious Lord Take My Hand"
by the congregation

Organist- Koreen Anderson
INTERMENT
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Military services will be provided by the Cherokee V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253.
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