W.T. Pete Nelson

June 29, 1925December 9, 2012

Walter T. Nelson, Jr. “Pete”, age 87 of Traverse City, went to be with his Lord & Savior, December 9, 2012. Walter was born June 29, 1925 in Chattanooga, Tennessee the son of, Walter T. & Georgia M. Nelson. Pete was a proud Navy Veteran. He was stationed in TC, where he met the love of his life Helen M. Bright. They were married July 14, 1945 in Traverse City. Pete loved to hunt, fish and shoot snakes. He had a wicked sense of humor, often quick with a come back. He was fiercely protective over his family, gracious, kind hearted, generous. Pete had a great love of music and his voice reflected that every time he sang. He was a proud member of several quartets and loved to sing at church with his children. Life time member of the First Church of Nazarene in Traverse City.

Beloved Husband of the late Helen M., sharing over 65 years together

Loving Father of: Debbra (Thomas) Steffes Ricky (Lee) Nelson The late Thomas E. (Judy Guss) Nelson

Proud Grandfather of: Tom Nelson Jr. (Lorrie) James (Beth) Nelson Scott Steffes Paul (Jamie) Steffes Amy (Jon) Hill Amber (Brian) Schwalm Greg and Nate Chess

Great Grandfather of: Macy, Andru, Caleb, Iris, McClellan, Nicole and Lizzy.

Special Grandpa and Great Grandpa to: Josh, Jenny, Brenna, Lillian, Nora and Finn Sheehan

Brother of: Sam (the late Christine), Joel (Martha), Ruth (Van) Riggs, Cleta (Walter) Witt Predeceased by siblings: Gene, Mildred, Francis, Juanita and Naomi

Also survived by many nieces and nephews; beloved dog Chloe.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Tobin Fraser, Hospice of Michigan and the staff at French Manor. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene in Traverse City, with visitation one hour prior. Family will receive friends Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Please share memories with the family at www. Memorial Contributions would be greatly appreciated to Hospice of Michigan, Grand Traverse County Meals on Wheels or Commision on Aging.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 13, 2012

W.T. Pete Nelson

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December 26, 2012

As a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, I delivered lunches once a week to your dad when he was still in his home. I found our visits very pleasant as he talked about his family with such affection, and appreciated receiving the meals. He was considerate, positive, and grateful for a close/loving family and friends. It was a highlight of my day.
With sympathy for your loss- Bruce Falconer (TC)

Kelly Cassady

December 13, 2012

Deb and Rick- The staff at French Manor would like to express our sympathy to you both. We would also like to express our gratitude for entrusting him to our care. Even though he was only with us for a short period of time, he became very dear to all our of hearts. Some are blessings to others by what they do, your dad was a blessing by simply being who he was; a humble, appreciative gentleman with a wonderful smile and sense of humor. May the memories you hold provide you with comfort and may you find peace in knowing that he is now reunited/rejoicing with loved ones in Heaven. God Bless You All.

Sheila Schwabe

December 12, 2012

Deb, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad I know how much you loved him and he you. I'm praying for peace for you and your family. I love you are in my thoughts.

December 11, 2012

Pete will be missed. He was such a great friend for many years. I wll be Praying for you Deb and Rick.

Megan McClain

December 11, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Thinking of you Deb and your family. I am so sorry for your loss! I Love you!