November 20, 2019

Perry E. Nelson

Died Nov. 2, 2019


Perry E. Nelson, 69, our dear brother, passed on to meet Jesus and his family members who went on before him, at around 12:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019, with his brothers, sister, sister-in-law Sheila and brother-in-law Ted by his side.

He was born March 29, 1950. Perry was a very giving and loving person. He had a great love of animals, but especially adored dogs. Perry, being the giving person he was, wanted to donate his body to the Gift of Life, but certain circumstances prevented his family from honoring his wish. He was a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Army and a kitchen supervisor while in the Army. He also retired from Bay City Powertrain and was a member of UAW Local 362. Perry loved to catch fish and eat fish. He also liked to hunt, although it had been many years since he did either. He was a very good baker, especially bread and rolls. He could make a culinary delight out of nothing.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his brothers, Gary (Carol) Nelson, Larry Nelson, Lynn (Sheila) Nelson, Wayne (Lou Ann) Nelson, Terry Nelson and Jerry (Tana) Nelson; and his sister, Linda (Theodore) Schank. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Steve Pelton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a very special friend, his doggie Rascal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ford and Pauline Nelson; his dear grandma, Jannetta Conway; sister, Dolly Pelton; brother, Wyatt Nelson; and two infant sisters, Alla May and Brenda Lee.

He will be dearly missed and never be forgotten. We all love you soooo much, Perry. We will see you again someday.

A graveside service and military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly, MI 48442.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to the wishes of the family. To sign the online guestbook, visit


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