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Carl Robert Nelson

December 5, 1937October 19, 2020
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Carl Robert Nelson “Bob” passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020. He was born on December 5, 1937 in Princeton, Illinois to Carl and Mabel Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Mabel Nelson and his brother, Ronald Nelson.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 60 years, Judith A. Nelson; children Robert F. (Kristine) Nelson, James C. (Mary Pat) Nelson; grandchildren Scott Nelson, Alex Nelson, Carole Anne Nelson, Sean (Caitlin) Nelson, Catherine Nelson, Paige (Jack) Purvis, Sarah Nelson; brother, Richard (Ka) Nelson; sisters Nyla (Roy) Wachter, Nancy (Jim) Hopkins, Norita (Steve) Cunningham; sister-in-law, Kelly Nelson; and many extended family and friends.

Bob was raised on the family farm in New Bedford, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois. He then had a successful 35-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring from Alcon Laboratories in 1996. Bob was involved in many areas of the community. Those areas where he was an active board member included Gun Lake Protective Association, Barry County Community Mental Health, Commission on Aging for Barry County and Southwest Michigan Behavior Health. One of the most important parts of Bob’s life was his faith. He was an active member at Gun Lake Community Church. Bob devoted his life to his wife, Judy, his children, and his seven grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Gun Lake Community Church, 12200 W M 179 Hwy, Wayland, MI 49348. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Gun Lake Community Church with visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Pastor Dan Beyer will be officiating. Bob will be laid to rest at Robbins Cemetery. In memory of Bob and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Barry County Community Mental Health (500 Barfield Drive, Hastings, MI 49058). The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookwayland.com.

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Carol Grantham

November 2, 2020

Judy, Bob and I are both so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Kristina Foote

October 27, 2020

Judy,
I want you to know how sorry I am to hear that you lost Bob. It has been my pleasure to serve you these last few years. I told your son that you and Bob are two of my favorite people! I genuinely love our chats about your grandkids and your adventures.
If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.
Very Sincerely,
Kris Foote
TFC

Larry and Nancee Woodley and family

October 22, 2020

Bob will always be in our memory. The connection of the Nelson and Woodley families were so important to our futures. My memories of Bob are so important to me as we grew. From our high school days ,and the long talks about things that were not so serious to some things that were important to our futures. Bob was then off to U of I to meet the love of his life. A wonderful wedding to Judy, who joined our friendship and the memories continued through the establishing of their family and his career. When I was off to the Army and our long distant friendship continued , Bob and Judy remained an important part of my life. When I would think of my old friend Bob my heart would warm, knowing that although he was distant in miles he would always be there if I should need him. Good bye old friend. God bless our friends Judy and the Nelsons.

Rhonda Parsons

October 22, 2020

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved seeing Bob's beautiful smile when he visited the bank. He always made a point to stop at my office and say hi. What a great man he was! I will pray for your comfort.
Love,
Rhonda

Tracy Dawson

October 21, 2020

Thank you Mr. Nelson for your integrity and service on the Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Board, you will be missed.

Prayers of peace for your family.

Tracy Dawson

Kelly Nelson

October 20, 2020

My deepest condolence to Judy and family. I loved my brother in law Bob so much. He and his family are so very special to me. Bob always showed so much interest in what was going on in with me and my family and made us feel so special. He will be greatly missed.

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