Age 86, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He was born on May 18, 1928, in Galien, MI, to Milford H. Nelson and Ruth L. Roberts. Bob was a learner and a teacher his whole life. He earned a BA from Western Michigan and an MA at Michigan State and Cal State LA. He taught 6th grade and Jr. High and blessed many kids. He married Pauline May Householder in 1953 after his tour with the Army in Japan and Korea. Bob and Polly moved to Sutherlin in 1984 after his retirement from teaching. Polly died in 1990, and Bob was blessed to have found another wonderful woman whom he married in 1994: Vera Gates. He always gave thanks for how the families blended together. He was Grandpa to many: Diana, Nikki, Erica, Julie, Melissa, Kristen, Jeramy, Jesse, Brad, Brian, Brandon, Jason, Jared, Kylie, Leah and Christine, and he loved them all deeply. He was blessed with 13 great-grandchildren. Over the years, Bob was active in Boy Scouts, the Gleaners, Kiwanis, American Legion, the VFW, and his church, the Sutherlin United Methodist Church. He loved to sing and was a choir member most of his life. He enjoyed many sports, especially baseball and his beloved Cubbies. His sense of humor was unique and still a source of amazement to us all. He loved his dogs, many of them he got through Saving Grace Pet Adoption. Bob is survived by his wife, Vera Gates-Nelson; sons: David Nelson of Santa Maria, CA; Steven and Lisa Nelson of Glide, OR; Bryan and Kathy Nelson of Glide, OR; Steven and Denise Gates of Marysville, WA; daughters: Lori Miller of Sutherlin, OR; Edith Schmidt of Australia; nieces: Christine and Bobby Jean Nelson; and nephew, Scott Nelson of LaMesa, CA. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Roseburg National Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at Sutherlin United Methodist Church, 181 E. 2nd Ave., Sutherlin. Memorial contributions can be made to: Feed the Children, Compassion Intl., or Saving Grace.
Robert L. Nelson
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