In Memory of Robert "Bob" Nelson


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday December 29, 2019
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Visitation - Day of Service

12:00 pm
Monday December 30, 2019
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
N3699 730th St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Funeral Service

1:00 pm
Monday December 30, 2019
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
N3699 730th St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Final Resting Place

Monday December 30, 2019
Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery
N3699 730th St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Robert Stanley “Bob” Nelson, age 79 of Ellsworth WI, died unexpectedly on December 25, 2019. Bob was born October 20, 1940 in Red Wing MN to parents George J. and Elsie C. (Bartlett) Nelson. Bob attended school in Ellsworth, graduating from Ellsworth High School with the Class of 1958. Bob served his country in the United States Marine Corps. On March 16, 1962 in Orange, California, Bob was united in marriage to Margaret Ann “Penny” Fierro.

A welder by trade, Bob worked for decades at Meyer Industries, and North Star Steel. Welding was something he did his entire life. Outside of work, Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing, and going to Iron River. Around the home and hobby farm, he raised all kinds of animals, such as horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle. Bob was a proud Marine, and a member of the Ellsworth American Legion. Bob especially enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret “Penny”; his sons, Michael (Darcie) Nelson, and William Nelson; his granddaughter and adopted daughter, Ashley T. (Chris) Anderson; grandchildren, Courtney (Mark) Brunner, Jeremiah (Kayla) Nelson, Vanessa Nelson, and Cole Nelson; great-grandkids, Milania, Nettie, India and Juliana; brother, James Nelson; sister, Ann Dusek; brother-in-law, Jerry Schmidt; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Ann Nelson; siblings, Ruth (Dave) McWain, and Jane Schmidt.

Funeral Services for Robert “Bob” Nelson will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, December 30th at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, N3699 730th Street in Ellsworth WI. Burial will follow at the church cemetery, with military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion Post 204. Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4:00-8:00pm on Sunday, December 29th at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 N Grant Street in Ellsworth. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth WI. 715-273-4421

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  • I hadn’t seen Bob for years but the time we spent at North Star Steel was always fun and entertaining. I met Penny at a Christmas party at the Steamboat.
    I wanted to extend my sympathy’s to the family. I know he will be missed.. Hopefully I can meet with you to catch up Mike & Bill soon.
    It’s always hard to find the words, but you are in my thoughts.
    Jim Petersen

  • We are so very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He will always be remembered as a fine husband,father, grandfather and all around great guy. Having spent a lot of my youth around Bob I will always remember him with a smile on his face as he was normally trying to put a smile on yours with a joke, a story or tall tale. He was a great family man, hard worker and proud Marine and he will be missed, but more importantly he will always be remembered! It was an honor to have known him.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Bob’s family – Mike, Darcie, Penny, etc. We were privilege to meet all of you years ago in Iron River. Such a kind and loving family. Bob always greeted us when he saw us and had the gift to talk our ears off. We enjoyed our conversations with him. He loved his time spent in Iron River and loved his family. Those memories are forever in your hearts and ours. Our prayers are with all of you during this time. Love you Bob Rest In Peace. Patty & Tim