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November 21, 2018

9/29/2018 7:30:00 AM
Robert "Bob" George Nelson

Robert "Bob" George Nelson, 68, of Rhinelander passed on peacefully in his home on Sept. 24, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family who were deeply inspired by the strength and tenacity with which he fought a long-term and unrelenting illness.

Bob was born in Rhinelander on May 22, 1950, to Arlene and Robert Nelson. In his youth, Bob was known as Lefty Nelson - a talented Babe Ruth pitching ace. He was also known for his talent for shooting pool at the local pool hall. Before moving to his long-term residence in Neenah, Bob spent time working in West Bend and in Colorado. In 1969, Bob began working at Bergstrom Paper Company (P.H. Glatfelter) in Neenah.

Bob was a lifelong hunter and fisherman and liked to spend as much time outdoors as possible. He enjoyed a variety of hobbies including archery, pool, softball, golf, gardening, grilling, NASCAR, cheering for the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers, and dancing many nights away with the love of his life. In 2006, Bob retired after 37 years with the paper mill. In retirement, Bob enjoyed spending time on his hobbies. In 2014, he and Debbie moved back to Rhinelander to be closer to their families.

Bob will be profoundly missed by his family. He could always be counted on, whether for his signature wit that left you in tears of laughter or to impart his unique wisdom and advice (whether you needed it or not), like money in the bank.

Bob is survived by his wife, Debbie (Wawrzyniak) to whom he was a devoted husband for 38 years; children: Cindy Nelson, Stacy (Rob) Throm, and Luke Nelson; grandchildren: Elliot Patrenets, Allison, Grace and Mary Throm; siblings: Lisa Beckley (Dave), Steve Nelson, Jake (Deb) Nelson, Jack (Shelly) Nelson; mother-in-law: Dolores Wawrzyniak; brother-in-law: Richard Wawrzyniak, Jr.; sisters-in-law: Sharon (Dan) Jenkins, Kathy Gudleske, and Gina Reich; nieces and nephews: Eric (Tracy) Ehmann, Angela Ehmann, Richard Deaton, Melanie (Ian) Farb, Christine (Kyle) Kerver, Carly Reich, Alex Reich, Maggie (Bud) Schmidt, Lindsey (Kris) Kennedy, Amy Beckley, Ian (Andrea) Nelson, Danny (Erin) Nelson, Liz (Shayan) Bhattacharyya, Jacob (Shannon) Nelson, Tyler Nelson, Katlynn Nelson; great-nieces and great-nephews: Lisa and Joe Kennedy, Carly and Josie Schmidt, Nicholas, Lily, and Harrison Farb, Isabella Ehmann, Laurel Nelson, and Henry Nelson. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, father-in-law, Richard Wawrzyniak, Sr., sister-in-law Joanie Nelson and his"Brother from another mother": Mike (Floyd) Patterson.

Bob's family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Todd Olson and Marie Habel of Ascension Hospice for their compassionate care.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home ( / 715-369-1414). Afterwards, family and friends are invited to a celebration of life at The Claridge Lounge. Bob wished to be "propped up by the jukebox", but local ordinances would not allow it.

If a man is honest with others, and with himself

If he receives gratefully and gives quietly

If he is gentle enough to feel and strong enough to show his feelings

If he is slow to see the faults of others, but quick to discover their goodness

If he is cheerful in difficult times and modest in success

If he does his best to be true to his beliefs

Then he is truly an admirable man.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018
Article comment by: Randall Arnett

Fond memories of Canadian fishing trips with Bob and his great brothers. Onaman Lake in Ontario that Bob found in total wilderness. Fabulous walleye fishing so good didn’t even need bait on the hook. Bob carried a full case of glass bottled beer, LaBotts Blue I recall, on his shoulder over a mile into the lake along with tackle. So many great memories. Bob also fried the catch each night and at shore lunches. Very particular about how the fish was cooked. Best fish fry EVER ! ! That cold beer was excellent with the fish, thanks Bob for great memories!

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2018
Article comment by: Ken Pazdernik

Lisa and Steve,

So sorry to hear about Bob. I heard a lot of great stories about him. One of the good guys who everyone liked. I hope all the great memories will give you comfort during this difficult time.

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