Nelson George Mayer
June 7, 1933 – March 11, 2019
Nelson George Mayer, of Rochester Hills, MI., passed away quietly after a long battle with heart disease on Monday, March 11, 2019. He was born in Detroit, Mi on June 7, 1933 to Richard Mayer and Anne (Bauerlein) Mayer. Nelson graduated from St. Rose High School and joined the US Army. He returned from Korea and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Wayne State University. He married Sharon Elizabeth Anderson on July 25, 1964 in Detroit, MI. Together, they raised 3 sons in Rochester Hills. Nelson built a career with Detroit's Lincoln Brass Works where he owned several patents for his work. He had a passion for travel, experiencing unique restaurants, golfing, bike riding, enjoying the quiet of his backyard patio, watching favorite Michigan football, baseball and hockey teams, and crossword puzzles. Nelson was pre-deceased by his parents, brother Richard, and wife Sharon. He is survived by his 3 sons, Christopher, Eric and Kurt Mayer, and grandson Roderick Mayer. Funeral arrangements will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, MI.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517
- Sharon Elizabeth (nee Anderson) Mayer, Wife
- Christopher Mayer, Son
- Eric Mayer, Son
- Kurt Mayer, Son
- Roderick Mayer, Grandson
- Richard Mayer, Father
- Anne (nee Bauerlein) Mayer, Mother
- Richard Mayer, Brother
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Memorial Gathering Friday, March 15, 2019
- Scripture Service Friday, March 15, 2019
Nelson George Mayer
Jack and Carol Russell
March 18, 2019
To the family, We wanted to share our sincerest condolences. We have many fond memories of good times at the Jack and Jill Club, reunion picnics, New Years Eve parties and other gatherings. May he rest in peace with his wife, Sharon.
March 16, 2019
Nelson was my father-in-law, and my Roddy's grandfather. I've known him for 23 years, and appreciated his quiet demeanor and subtle kindnesses. Though Nelson was not an outward person, I often saw a soft, gentle side to him that I think was not always recognized.
I was touched when he called on my birthday, talked with me about the difficulties he struggled with after Sharon's passing, or offered encouragement during our difficult times. He was always kind to me. When Roddy and I visited him over the past years while he has been alone, he has been warm and appreciative that we wanted to spend time with him. Roddy and I were touched to see that each visit, he had saved up little trinkets he had come across to give to Roddy when we came.
Years ago, I happened upon a magazine article about a quiet, hard-working, unassuming family man. Written by the man's daughter, it described the proud, private, seemingly unemotional sort of man that her father was. But the article was a tribute - to highlight what overarching principle had defined her father's life. It was this: He took care of his family. Reading it, I thought of Nelson. I tore it from the spine of my magazine and slipped it into an envelope with a few words and mailed it to him. Sharon told me later that he had become teary-eyed reading it. Often, the opportunity to share thoughts like this slip by. I'm glad I could share it, and that it meant something to him.