Robert A. Nelson

January 7, 1920May 6, 2013

Robert A. Nelson, 93, a retired Senior Buyer with the J. C. Penney Co., Inc. died May 6, 2013 at home in West Yarmouth, Mass. He was the husband of Dorothea Potter Nelson of East Dennis, Mass. They were married in Ridgewood, New Jersey at Mount Carmel Catholic Church by Father Edward Kirk and recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Mr. Nelson, a native of Franklin Park, Illinois graduated from Leyden Community High School in 1938. He attended the University of Illinois until June 1941, when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corp, where he served from June 1941 until Oct. 1945. He received the wings and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1942 in Corpus Christi, Texas. During World War II he was attached to the U.S.S. Suwannee and participated in the invasion of North Africa in November 1942 and the Solomon Islands campaign in the South Pacific (December 1942 to August 1943) with Torpedo Squadron VT-27. He joined Torpedo Squadron VT-81 at Otis Air Base, Cape Cod, Mass. in March 1944 and participated in the Central Pacific campaign aboard the U.S.S. Wasp with VT-81 November 1944 to March 1945. He was a Senior Flight Instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Fort Lauderdale, Florida from April 1945 to October 1945. Mr. Nelson was a resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey employed as a United Airlines co-pilot prior to leaving in February 1947 to join the J. C. Penney Co., Inc. In April of 1980 he retired as a Senior Buyer from Penney’s headquarters in New York City. He moved to East Dennis in March 1981 from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. He was a member of the Dennis Senior Center, VFW Post 10274, the Bird Carving Group, and Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands Golf Clubs. He is survived by his wife Dorothea Potter Nelson and four sons Robert Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va., John Preston of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mark Christopher of Watertown, New York, and Eric Scott of Norwalk, Conn.; four sisters, Helen Winkel, Dorothy Schneider, Daisy Rubeling, and Violet Hermanson, all of Franklin Park, Illinois; five grandchildren, Brett Nelson of Arlington, Va., Garrett Nelson of Richmond, Va., Ashley Nelson of Berkeley, California and Scott and Erik Nelson of Watertown, New York; and two great grandchildren Miles and Margaret Nelson of Arlington, Va. There will be a memorial service at 11 AM on Monday, May 13th at Our Lady of the Cape Church, Brewster, Mass. followed by burial in the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. Visiting hours are 4 to 7 PM on Sunday, May 12th at the Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis, Mass. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Cape Cod or to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2013

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Robert Watson

May 12, 2013

Aunt Dottie, Bob, John, Mark and Eric and families:

I am very sorry I can't travel to be with you and that these sentiments aren't delivered personally. Please know we would be there if we could. Uncle Bob and your family have always been very special to me; Sonia and I have looked forward every year to getting a Christmas card to keep up over the miles and time.

Uncle Bob was a very special guy – I remember mainly his great nature and positive outlook. Some of my earliest memories are riding down to Ridgewood with Uncle Bob and clan on a hot summer night for ice cream. Then there were fun picnics on that great screen porch at the Nelson house. I also remember as a young kid some Friday or Saturday nights sitting on the floor of our kitchen when Uncle Bob, Uncle Phil, and my Dad would start reminiscing about WWII. Those were quite the stories and forever shaped my admiration for them and what they'd been through, sacrificing so much for all of us.

Finally, I particularly remember the holidays – no Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter was complete without the clan meeting up in some way. What a great way to grow up with so many aunts, uncles, and cousins around!

So, Godspeed Uncle Bob. You made the world a much a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bob, Sonia, Amy and Emily

Garrett & Carli Nelson

May 11, 2013


No obituary can truly do you justice. You were a man of great character, integrity, humility, and kindness. Your life embodied everything great about the Greatest Generation, although you would never use that adjective to describe yourself. But that's what you were.

The last time Carli and I spoke to you, it was to tell you and Grandma that you had a third great grandchild on the way.  It was a brief conversation but you repeatedly said, "May God bless you and your family always."  Sadly, that was your way of telling us you wouldn't make it to see the newest Nelson. Now, we can only hope to pass along the values you stood for to the next generation.

We miss you terribly already, but know that you are with God and will hopefully save a place for the rest of us up there. We are all better people for having known you.

Gia Luu

May 10, 2013

My condolences to the Nelson family.

Marcia Foreman

May 10, 2013

Dear Aunt Dottie, Bob, John, Mark and Eric, Please accept my condolences. Uncle Bob was a treasure! His easy laugh made visits such fun. One of my favorite memories as a child was being "kidnapped" with all the other kids and heading off to get ice cream! Uncle Bob loved his ice cream!!! And he made us feel so special. Thank you so much Uncle Bob for such wonderful memories. Aunt Dottie, so wish I could give you a huge hug and please know that you and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to all, Marcy

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home

May 8, 2013

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.