Born to Myrtle and Vernard Nelson, he grew up in Knife River, Minnesota and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1962. After graduating he worked in Minnesota and also was a member of the MN National Guard. After leaving MN, he lived and worked in West Palm Beach, FL, San Diego, CA, Spokane, WA and finally settled in Sequim, WA in 1977. He sold real estate for Dungeness Realty and later for Dunlop Realty before retiring in 2001. He passed away in Smyrna, TN.
His passions were fishing, hunting (especially with his dogs, who were always named "Sarge"), travelling, playing cards and having a drink with his friends. He spent many summers in Alaska enjoying fishing and new friends there.
In November 2013 he suffered a major stroke which unfortunately made it necessary to live in a skilled nursing care facility. In 2019 he moved to Tennessee to be near his sister, Carolyn and her daughter Michelle (Dale) Thompson. They were able to share some good times with him during the last year of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle & Vernard; his brothers, Leonard, Paul, Dwight and Donn Nelson; and his sister, Lorraine (Maggie) Gunderson.
He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Johnson; his brothers, Gilbert (Janis)Nelson and Duane (Nancy) Nelson of Duluth, MN; many nieces and nephews; his longtime friend, Isabelle Dunlop of Sequim and his dog, Junior Sarge.
He will be missed but we are grateful that he is now at peace and in a better place. "Fish on" Robert.
At his request there will be no services and he will be buried next to his brother in Hermantown, MN.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 14, 2021.