Robert William Nelson, 92, of La Conner passed away July 19, 2013 at Island Hospital in Anacortes.
He was born December 10, 1920 to Alfred M. and Stella (Dunlap) Nelson in Mount Vernon.
He graduated from La Conner High School in 1939 and joined the Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater of WWII
from 1942 to 1945 as a CM1C.
On April 11, 1947 he married Arlene Denis at the Edison Catholic Church and they resided at Snee Oosh Beach, La Conner.
Robert worked as an independent housing contractor until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, Mount Vernon Elks, La Conner School Board and served with the Hope Island Fire Department for 25 years.
Robert is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene; his children, Debbie Nelson-Suit (Lance), Nancy Nelson Edwards (Glen), Julie Nelson, Gary Nelson (Heike) and Barbara Nelson Howlett (John); one sister, Mary Clare Nelson; ten grandchildren, Melissa Edwards Miller (Scott), Alethia Edwards Toby (Jerome), Glen Edwards, Jr, Russell J Edwards (Jessica), Lauren Nelson Skiles (Sean), Brittany Nelson Johnson (Robbie), Tristan Nelson, Dallas Nelson, Tyler Howlett, and Silas Shapley; as well as 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred M and Stella Nelson; his brother, Alfred J Nelson; and his great grandson, Drake Edwards.
A graveside service will be held at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, La Conner.
Memorials my be made to Skagit Historical Society, P.O. Box 818, La Conner, WA 98257.
You may share your memories of Robert, and sign his online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.