Robert L. “Bob” Nelson, 61, of North Liberty died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial with Military Honors was held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Bob’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com .
Robert Lee Nelson was born Aug. 8, 1947 in Washington, Iowa, the son of Roy Ivan and Irene Mae (Carriker) Nelson. He attended schools in Washington before enlisting in the United States Army during Vietnam. While serving his country he received two purple hearts from injuries sustained in the line of duty. On July 27, 1974, Bob married Beverly Gail Estes at the First Baptist Church in Washington. For over 30 years Bob was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, retiring in August of 2000. He was a member of the American Legion and the Am Vets. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved to work on small engines, go to the casino, care for his pets, and be around his family and friends. For a number of years he and Bev were foster parents to children in need.
His family includes his wife, Beverly; his ever faithful, Missy; sister, Patricia Westen Edwards of Coralville; brother, Charles J. Nelson of Fredonia, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice in infancy; and brother, James I. Nelson and faithful companions, Sparky, Buffy and others.