Bob Nelson, 78, passed away Sept. 25, 2012, at his home in Redmond, following an extended illness.
He was born in Fossil to Charles Sr. and Edna Nelson. Bob grew up in Fossil and joined the U.S Navy, serving during the Korean War on a destroyer, the USS Halsey Powell.
On Aug. 27, 1955, Bob and Peggy (Pyne) were married in the Baptist Church where Bob attended as a child. Together they raised four 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 Truck Line 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. He 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 wedding anniversary.
Bob is survived by Peggy, his loving wife of 57 years; 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). Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Raymond; sister Ruth; son Doug; and granddaughter Amber.
A graveside service with military honors is scheduled for today, (Sept. 29) in Redmond.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Redmond and Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756, or Veterans Home, 787 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058.
Arrangement under the direction of Autumn Funerals.
Submitted by the family.