Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue Richmond, VA


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    Harold E Decker

    A native of upstate New York, Harry lived more than 30 years in Iowa and Illinois. In 2002, he began his career as a family service counselor in Davenport, Iowa. He moved to Virginia in 2010 and continued his career in funeral service there.

    Harry graduated in 2017 with an advanced standing diploma in mortuary science and an associate’s degree in applied science from Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Harry then earned his funeral service license from the Commonwealth of Virginia after completing an internship.

    Harry lives in Ashland with his wife and their furry feline. He has three grown children who live in the Midwest and a stepson in Virginia. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn in the Hanover Concert Band, bass drum in the St. Andrews Legion Pipes & Drums, dabbles at piano, and sings at funeral and memorial services. He appreciates the U.S. military and is a member of Bugles Across America, which honors veterans with the playing of "Taps" at memorial services. In his spare time, Harry likes to play pickleball and golf, go hunting and target shooting, and do handyman projects around the house.

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    Robert E West

    Funeral Director

    Robert West has served the families in Richmond and the Tri-City area since 1981 with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Bobby graduated from John Tyler Community College in 1981 with a degree in mortuary science and has been a funeral director with Dignity Memorial® since January 2011. When he is not at the funeral home, you will likely find Bobby reading, camping or traveling.