Robert D. Nelson

Robert D. Nelson, 78, died April 22, 2020 and entered into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ where he was reunited with his first wife, Patricia Biel Nelson, and his second wife, Sandra Sorg Nelson.

Bob was raised in St. Marys by his loving mother, Elizabeth Nelson, who preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by two brothers, Nels “Butch” (Mary) Nelson and Larry (Gloria) Nelson, both of St. Marys. Also, five sisters, Ethel “Eppie” Herzing, Christine “Teen” (Jim) Lewis, Avis Neubert, Linda (Charles) Emmert, all of St. Marys, and Gloria (Frank) Kacinko of MD.

Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, William Schauer and Alan “Weasel” Nelson.

Bob settled his family in Penfield, and then moved to Gila Bend where he was known for his love & knowledge of local lore while being a self proclaimed tour guide for anyone who takes a road trip with him.

Bob raised two daughters and three sons. They are Fawn (Richard) Duttry of Sabula, Donald Nelson of AZ, Daniel (Kathy) Nelson of AZ, Jerri Lynn Nelson of TX, and Jesse (Stephanie) Nelson of Clearfield. When Bob later combined his family with Sandy’s, he gained two more sons, William (Sue) Sorg of MT and Daniel (Mary) Sorg of Kersey, as well as three more daughters, Mary (Perry) Dodge of MT, Marjorie (Kenneth) Erich of St. Marys, and Donna Sorg of Ridgway.

Bob is survived by 20 grandchildren with special mention of Cheyenne Darr of Wilcox and her daughter Abigail, making 18 great-grandchildren in total. Bob also left behind a great niece & nephew of whom he was very fond, Sarah (Eric) Miller of Rockton & Christopher (Tina) Schneider of Brookville.

There will be no funeral services. The family will hold a local memorial service at a later date.

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