Funeral services for Mr. Robert Nelson, 88, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Len Halvorson will officiate the service.
Private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer at a later date. A military flag presentation will be held at the church following the memorial services.
Mr. Nelson passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Robert Wayne Nelson, the son of Walter and Carrie (Larsen) Nelson, was born March 14, 1924, in Dell Rapids, S.D. His childhood years were spent in the Dell Rapid, S.D. area, where he received his education, graduating from Dell Rapids High School. Following his graduation, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Navy from July of 1942, until his honorable discharge in September of 1945. Following his discharge, he continued his education at Drake University, where he received his pharmacy degree. He continued to practice pharmacy for over 50 years.
Bob married Arlene Goyette on Sept. 4, 1946 in Royal, Ia. Following their marriage, they lived in Spencer, where he worked at Rexall Drug. In 1964 Bob and Arlene bought Lynch Drug, which later became Nelson Drug, which he continued to operate until their retirement in 1989. In 1992, they moved to Milford and began to spend their winters in Arizona, which they continued until 2011. Due to Bob's failing health, he became a resident of St. Luke Lutheran Home in July of 2011. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Bob was also active with the Iowa Pharmacist Association, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites, Shrine, Glen Pedersen Post No. 1 -- American Legion and Heifer International. He also enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling all over the world and spending time at Lake Okoboji, where he had a lot of great memories during the summers with the grandchildren, his family and his many friends. He and Arlene were blessed with over 65 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene of Spencer; two sons: David L. Nelson and his wife, Suzi of Spencer and Donald Nelson and his wife, Pam of Stillwater, Minn.; three brothers: Lawrence "Larry" Nelson and his wife, Fran, Oliver Nelson and his wife, Marion, and Rupert Nelson and his wife, Dee; five grandchildren: Jasmine (Chris) Marchese, Samantha (Chris) Barr, Scott Nelson, Dustin (Katie) Nelson and Kahley Nelson; other relatives and many friends, including five foreign exchange students from Kuwait and Iraq.
Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.