Dennis R. "Doobie" Nelson
1958 - 2020
November 14, 2020
ST THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Dennis R. ""Doobie"" Nelson, 62, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, formerly of Doniphan, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life service will be held later when the COVID pandemic diminishes. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation: in care of Curran Funeral Chapel, 3305 S. Locust St., Grand Island, NE 68801.
Doobie was born, Oct. 5, 1958, in Grand Island. He was the son of Milford R. and Arlene B. (Gregg) Nelson. He grew up in Doniphan, graduating from Doniphan High School. He attended Kearney State College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Doobie owned and operated Nelson Farms, managing the day-to-day operations, finance, purchasing, customer service, sales, marketing and maintenance of the farm. He loved working the soil, growing crops from seeds, and took great pride in the yearly harvest.
He was a production lead for Case New Holland in Grand Island, and later was a sales and service manager for Hagie Manufacturing Co, covering the Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas territory, retiring in 2016.
He relocated to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, in 2017. He enjoyed the relaxed pace of the islands, fixing up his house, and fishing in his spare time. His most favorite past time was meeting, making, and visiting, his newfound friends with his soulmate, Pam Woodward.
Doobie was a collector of cars and was proud owner of two 1978 Silver Anniversary Corvettes. He enjoyed attending concerts and was a stranger to no one. He was a conversationalist whose laughter resonated in a room. He was a generous, kind hearted soul who will be missed.
Doobie was preceded in death by his parents.
You are encouraged to sign Doobie's guestbook at under his obituary.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Nov. 20, 2020.
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Funeral services provided by:
Curran Funeral Chapel - Grand Island
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I was saddened to see of Denny's passing and the health issues he had suffered. My folks and Denny's were very close through church and my Mom's Ladies Club group so Denny and I became close childhood friends and spent a lot of fun times in our youth with our families and out on the the Nelson farm playing and working. I hadn't seen Denny since he moved to the Virgin Islands with his soulmate Pam whom by the way is a classmate pal of mine. I'm glad they had a few nice years together. I'll never forget that trademark smile and chuckle of his!
Doug Ward
November 23, 2020
He was a wonderful human being and a good friend to the Schwieger family! We will always remember you Doobie! See you on the other side my friend
Sean Schwieger
November 20, 2020
I will miss out friendship Dennis! You give the shirt off your back to help anybody you´re just so kind lovable and nice! So happy that you found happiness in the last three years of your life Puerto Rico really suits you! I will plan to trade my yard next spring and I´m gonna color the Doobie tree! Until we talk again in heaven RIP
Shirley Delaney
November 20, 2020