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
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.
My condolences to the Nelson family.
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
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.