Roger W. Nelson

November 26, 1936February 19, 2019

Roger W. Nelson, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 5:55 a.m., at Parkview Hospital - Randallia. Born Thursday, November 26, 1936, in Red Wing, MN, he was a son of the late Walter William and Irene Catherine (Lundquist) Nelson. He worked in sales in the packaging industry. He tried to golf, loved to fish and spend time in Florida. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Marlene (Andersen) Nelson of Fort Wayne; daughter, Julie Craddock of Fort Wayne; son, Paul (Paige) Nelson of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren, Joshua (Molly) Craddock, Nicholas Craddock, Abbigail Nelson, and Aiden Nelson; and brother, Gary(Sue) Nelson of St. Charles, MN. Roger was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Nelson. Memorial service is 4:00 p.m. Friday, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, with visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Haller officiating.


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 22, 2019

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Marcus Dorn

February 22, 2019

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Marlene and the entire family, and mu condolences to all of you.


Bridget Hollander

February 21, 2019

Roger was my cousin--quite a few years older than I. My favorite memories of him were from the Nelson Christmas dinners at our Grandparents' home. I was a kid and he was a nice young man, always smiling,and always very kind and patient with his younger cousins. Once, I got too rambunctious after opening a new toy (don't remember what it was) and a piece of it flew across the room and broke a pretty teacup at the dinner table. I was really embarrassed at my own carelessness and was near tears. Roger just smiled and got down on the carpet and helped me pick up the broken pieces. "This isn't so bad", he said. "I bet Grandma has plenty more of these cups".
I remember Roger and Marlene's wedding. They were both so happy to start their life together. I remember Marlene's smile and Roger's twinkling blue eyes that day. And that's how I will remember him.

Denise Sordelet

February 20, 2019

Julie, please know that we are sending prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Give your mother an extra hug from me. May God bless you all. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹