Robert was born on May 15th, 1940 in Virginia, Mn. After High School he attended college and became a math teacher at Melrose Junior High. He continued as a teacher and girl’s basketball coach for many years. Eventually he went back to school and received his degree in Civil Engineering. He worked at a small firm in Melrose for a short time until being hired by Hennepin county as a civil engineer/surveyor, where he worked until he was medically retired.
Robert was a loving husband to his wife Bonnie of almost 53 years. Father of 3, Grandfather of 10, and great grandfather of 5. Family was everything!
Bonnie Nelson passed away on January 29th, 2019. She had suffered for years with dementia prior to her passing. Bonnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born in Virginia, Mn where after High School she attended college and became a nurse. She always loved to help people, especially the elderly, which is why she worked in nursing home facilities for many years. After she was done working as a nurse that caring spirit and will was put into taking care of her family. She would do anything and everything for her children, and grandchildren, that she could.
Robert and Bonnie together are survived by their children, Christopher (DeeDee) Nelson, Nicole (Jason) Worman, and Chad (Elizabeth) Nelson along with 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife Bonnie, his Parents Roy and Florence Nelson, and Brother James Nelson.
Survived by His Brother John (Jody) Nelson
Bonnie is preceded in death by Her parents Richard and Cathrine Lind (Pickar), Stepfather Herman Pickar. Siblings Jeannie Lind Fischer, Beverly Pickar Davis, Beatrice Pickar, Duane Pickar and David Pickar,
Survived by Siblings, Nanci (Frank) Ketola, Dick (Rene) Lind, Joe (Rhonda) Pickar, Dennis (Ellen) Pickar,Alva (Rod) Surla, Dan (Barb) Pickar
They will both be sorely missed by so many people who’s lives they both touched.
Funeral for Robert Nelson will be held on Saturday June 8th at 11 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, Mn.
Burial for Robert and Bonnie Nelson will be immediately following at the Calvary Cemetery in Virginia with a celebration of life and luncheon to follow at the Mt. Iron Senior Center.