Nov. 25, 1933 - Sept. 25, 2012
Bob Nelson, 78, passed away on Sept. 25, at his home in Redmond, OR following an extended illness. He was born in Fossil, OR to Charles Sr. and Edna Nelson. Bob grew up in Fossil and joined the Navy, serving during the Korean War on a destroyer, the USS Halsey Powell.
On August 27, 1955, Bob and Peggy (Pyne) were married in the Baptist Church where Bob attended as a child.
Together they raised 4 boys, Steve, Doug, Stuart and Brian. After his military service, Bob worked at the Kinzua Mill, near Fossil. Then he and his family moved to Brookings, where he worked for Brookings Plywood as truck boss, and for a short time at the Brookings Tire Shop. Later the family relocated to Central Oregon, where Bob was a truck driver for Risberg trucklines, and after retiring, worked for a short time for Les Schwab.
Bob loved his family and especially enjoyed all the family get togethers including their many camping trips. He was a wonderful dad, granddad, great-granddad and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bob was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing. After retirement, he and Peggy spent many years traveling. They especially enjoyed their travel to Alaska and Mexico. Their children surprised them with a cruise to Alaska for their 50th anniversary.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Peggy; sons, Steve (wife, Missy), Stuart, and Brian (wife, Debbie); grandchildren, Dan, Julie, Brianna and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ellie and Haddie; brothers, Charles Jr. (wife, Janet), John (wife, Rosie), and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond; sister, Ruth; son, Doug; and granddaughter, Amber.
A viewing will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at Autumn Funerals, 485 NW Larch Ave., Redmond. Graveside service with military honors will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life service at City Center Church, 549 SW 8th St., Redmond at 11 a.m., reception following.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Redmond and Sisters, or Veterans Home, The Dalles, OR.
Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements. 541-504-9485.