Harry Charles Nelson, Jr.

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A Memorial Mass for Chuck will be held on August 28, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with a Vistation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio Avenue, Gaylord, MI. 

*Due to vulnerable guests in attendance and the recent rise of Covid-19 cases across the country, we respectfully ask all unvaccinated participants to wear a mask. If you are experiencing symptoms or have had contact with someone with Covid-19, please be with us in spirit and join us virtually via the St. Mary Cathedral website.

Harry Charles “Chuck” Nelson, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Gaylord, Michigan, on April 8, 2020, after a three-year battle with heart and kidney disease.

Chuck was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 20, 1936. He attended Assumption Catholic High School in Windsor, Canada, as well as Assumption University where he made lifelong friends. While in the Army, he traveled to Washington State and Alaska, where he learned to ski and developed an interest and appreciation for dentistry serving in the Dental Corps. Chuck earned a degree in Mortuary Science at Worsham College in Chicago, Illinois, and after working for various Detroit area funeral homes, he decided to open the Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. in Gaylord, Michigan, after visiting his wife’s hometown for a wedding in the early 1960s.

A passionate funeral director for over 50 years, he loved working and helping people. Chuck took action and always had big ideas. His enthusiasm for life and gregarious personality made him a mentor to countless business partners, family, and friends. He also loved telling stories from his childhood and life experiences. Chuck was an avid boater, who enjoyed water and sunshine in Northern Michigan and Marco Island, Florida. Outside of Gaylord, you could find him in the places he loved most: Detroit, Mackinac Island, and Marco Island listening to Frank Sinatra and spending time with his family.

Chuck was dedicated to his community and served on numerous boards and organizations over his 50+ year career, including Otsego County Economic Alliance, the Gaylord State Bank Board, Michigan Funeral Directors Association (as both a member and as Board President), Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, the Gaylord Elks, and the Otsego County Ambulance Board.  Chuck’s faith was strong and he was a good friend and parishioner of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan. He was also named Co-Buergermeister’s along with his wife Patricia in 2004 and was active in fundraising for the Rotary and Kiwanis projects, Veterans Pavilion, and numerous projects at St. Mary Cathedral School and Parish.

He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 60 years, Patricia (Wattson) Nelson; his children; Carol Nelson-Snyder, Susan, David, Kelly Nelson (Kenneth) Steinthal, Elizabeth Nelson (Philip) Tobias; grandchildren; Jennifer (Darren) Littell, Patrick Nelson, William, and Shannon Snyder, Hogan and Jack Tobias, and great-grandsons Dillon Snyder, and Watson Littell; Cousins; Margery Parsons, and Kate Leidner of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Adeline Patti Nelson, Uncle Edgar and Aunt Irene Bates, and cousins; Jack (Peg) Bates, and William (Winnie) Bates.

A Memorial Mass will be held on August 28, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, MI. Following Mass, there will be a luncheon at the Big Buck Brewery in Gaylord, MI.

The Nelson family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Nelson Funeral Home, as well as the medical team who cared for Chuck over the last few months.  Memorial contributions may be made to, the Otsego County Ambulance Corps or St. Mary Cathedral School, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

161 comments on “Harry Charles Nelson, Jr.”

  1. My condolences to the Nelson family.
    Mr. Nelson was such wonderful man. I always enjoyed his conversations when he would stop at the Deli.
    Love and prayers to all.

    1. Jennifer Harmer

      Chuck’s presence and smile will be greatly missed in our community. Healing thoughts to his family, friends and the staff at Nelson’s Funeral Home.

    2. Jennifer Ballantine

      My condolences to the entire Nelson family as well as the staff at Nelson’s Funeral Home.
      Chuck was a nice man and he will be missed. He and the staff took great care of my father’s remains back in 2016 after he passed away.

      Love and peace,

      Jennifer (Mankowski) Ballantine

  2. Donna and Mark Randall

    Our hearts are heavy and saddened by this news.
    Chuck was a dear and treasured friend to not only Mark and myself but also my Mom and Dad (Don and Betty Asher).
    His smile, giggle and infectious laugh will be inbedded in my heart forever.
    Our deepest condolences go out to you Patty and your beautiful connected and loving family.
    Thank you for your friendship and sharing Chuck with all of us. God bless you all and may Chuck rest in heavenly peace.

  3. Always optimistic and enthusiastic about life, his family and faith. Uncle Chuck was one in a million and will be missed greatly. I am so Lucky to have been able to call him Uncle and his support to me upon the death of my parents and the aftermath was phenomenal. My heart is broken and I will miss him dearly. Love to Aunt Pat and the whole family.

    1. Chip and Lori Ladensack

      So sorry to hear about Chuck. He was a pillar of Gaylord and will be sorely missed by many. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the entire family.

  4. Mr. Nelson… though he’ll always be Chuck to me… will forever be the man that gave me my own start in funeral directing. My many experiences at Nelson Funeral Home helped me grow and develop my skills, and his words of wisdom are deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for everything. His death is truly the end of an era in Michigan funeral service.

    My condolences and sympathies go out to Mrs. Nelson and all the kids.

  5. Chuck was a devoted community leader as a well as a giving and caring man. He was a good friend of mine. He will be missed.

  6. Nancy madagame

    My thoughts and prayers for you all. Words could never say enough about Chuck. He was a inspiration to me and everyone that he came in contact with, he always had a positive attitude. May his sole shine on.

  7. Evelyn LaCross

    Yes, I do remember him, he’s the nicest person and he and my dad were good friends. My heart is broken, 💔. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Prayers for the family.

    1. Linda and John Gall

      Iconic, compassionate, cheerful, sincere, giving.. are just a few words that come to mind when one thinks of Chuck. I have grown up in this community and Chuck Nelson is as much a part of my childhood (and adult) memories as is the Alpenfest. He was simply a part of the scenery and a part of life in Gaylord. Chuck ALWAYS had a smile and a warm and cheerful greeting, no matter when or where you saw him. In addition, he remembered everyone and made them feel as though they were his friend. I recall going to lunch with my mom (Thelma Tuck) and Chuck always came over to speak and ask how things were going! I can’t recall any other person who has left such an impression on me. One just had to smile when you saw him in a restaurant as you knew he would be over to greet you soon.
      Aside from all the philanthropic giving within this community, Chuck Nelson left SO MUCH MORE. He left an amazing legacy. We are blessed to have known him and he will be missed.
      Our condolences to Chucks family, we know your heartache and sadness. May God bless you all, provide comfort and grace to you in these difficult days and those to come. And may you find joy in knowing the joy Chuck brought to all of us and our community.

  8. At a loss for the right words. So much to remember about all the good times and adventures we shared with Pat and Chuck and the kids. Will keep you all close in our thoughts and prayers. Cathy and Phil Hendges

  9. I am so sadden by this news. Mr. Nelson was a great neighbor, friend and community member. He will be missed by many. May his family find peace and comfort in the memories. Rest peacefully sir.

  10. Sending lots of love and prayers to the family we the Bunker’s loved him and send our condolences 🙏🏻💙🙏🏻

  11. RIP Chuck Nelson and prayers to the family for your loss. He was sure a nice man and will be missed.

    1. He will be missed by many. He was a compassionate person. He took care of my family like we were his own. My thoughts are with the family durning this tough time.. My heart goes out to all of you, love and prayers.

  12. Chuck was one a kind. The most compassionate and caring people I feel very blessed to have known him. Hugs and prayers to the entire Nelson family.

  13. Randy A Simeck

    To the Nelson Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Nelson was a kind person with a heart of gold, seeing him at the funeral home and or at Mass at St, Mary’s he always had a smile and a kind handshake. He treated everyone like they were part of his family. He was defiantly a pillar of the community and will be missed. When people talked about the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation you know your loved ones were treated with respect and dignity.

  14. Timothy T Brown

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Nelson’s passing. He was a great man and always had a kind words for everyone.

  15. I’ve never met such an upbeat, positive soul. To think of him telling stories makes me laugh every time. While I am sad that he is gone from this life, I am happy to know where he is and who he is with. Heaven may never be the same!

  16. Diana & Charles Green

    So sad to hear this, he was the most compassionate and most caring man I have ever come across. Always a smile on his face and always something nice to say. He will be missed dearly by myself and my husband. RIP Chuck, god bless. My heart and prayers to his family ❤️.

  17. Kristin Fitzek

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Nelson was so kind and because of the Nelson family I have so many wonderful childhood memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love all of you. Kristin Fitzek

  18. Very sorry for the loss of a good person. It was a pleasure to know him. Sympathy to all his family and friends.

  19. Patti Roberts (Stutesman)

    I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to the entire family. Chuck was a friend to anyone he encountered and will be missed by the entire town. Fly high Mr. Nelson on angels wings

    1. Jessica DeFeyter

      Pain and loss is heavy this week! Nelson family, our community has lost a true icon. Love and prayers to you all.

    1. Dan and Charmaine Boughner

      Chuck will be remembered as a kind, compassionate person. Our community has truly lost a great man❣️

  20. Frank and Laurie Noa

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the Kindest and most Gracious Men. Always a bright spot in my day waitressing at Sugar Bowl. Our absolute deepest sympathy to the Nelson Family. Mr. Nelson, will surely be missed.

  21. Gaylord truly lost one of its founders. Going to miss seeing him and hearing the stories… Such a warm heart. Prayers to those that love him, he will be missed by all.

  22. Jim & Barb Lappan

    Our sincere condolences to the Nelson Family. Barb and I lived over the funeral home, assisting in every aspect of the funeral business for over a year. Our eldest son Jim was born while living at the Nelson Funeral Home. Our longtime friendship has wonderful memories. In 1977, Lappan’s of Gaylord had it’s early beginnings because of Chuck Nelson. Chuck allowed me to utilize a corner of the funeral homes garage to house my lawn and snow equipment and establish my business. Chuck always had great pride in helping, not only me but many locals. Rest in Peace my friend.

  23. Jackie (Hudy)Bowron

    He was a great man. Very nice and caring. So sorry to hear this. He will be greatly missed. So sorry for his loss and prayers to all his family and friends. Hugs and much love to all who knew him.

  24. Cathy O’Connor

    So very sorry to hear this news. Condolences go out to the entire Nelson family. Mr. Nelson was the epitome of a gentleman . Rest In Peace ❤️

  25. Dave Bourdlaies

    RIP Mr. Nelson. You brought a smile to my face each time I saw you. You always had a welcoming hello! My most sincere condolences to the Nelson family.

  26. Ron & Gail Lewandowski. ( Sunrise Const Co. ).

    Words cannot express what an impact an individual can have on so many. Not only a Great friend, but a man who enjoyed and shared such encouragement and Joy. Truly loved and missed.

    1. Chuck was a wonderful kind man & so comforting when my dad passed & I was only 10 yrs old. And again when my mom passed in 2014, he was there to direct & comfort us. The Gaylord community will greatly miss him. I can never forget I was a nurse on a very busy floor @ Beaumont hospital & walked into my patients room & there sitting in the chair was Chuck Nelson ! My jaw dropped. I said I know u, ur Chuck Nelson from Gaylord. And he said & ur Mary , ur John Vinicki’s dgtr. How the heck he remembered that I do not know. But we had a lovely visit. RIP Chuck 🙏

  27. Sherry (Sanderson/Bershback) Hauler

    Prayers for the family — remembering when he turned “50” giving him a bottle of Grecian Formula — happy memories on Lee lake.

  28. Allison Martray Aka Alley

    Oh how my heart broke after hearing this sad news… Mr. Nelson I feel very lucky to have known him. His smile was contagious and always brightens my spirit… sending my condolences to the entire family… 💙😇 fly high Mr. Nelson.

  29. I first met Chuck when he moved to Gaylord. I remember that his first funeral in Gaylord was the father of one of his close friends from the Detroit area, who passed away while he was deer hunting. Chuck was a regular at our hardware store over the years and I will miss his sense of humor. He and I shared a sense of humor that I am sure others would find a bit unusual. Rest in peace Chuck, it is time for you to rest.

  30. Always an enthusiastic participant in community, both business and family, Chuck set an example for everyone with his kindness. My loving condolences to Pat and his family. God’s blessings.

    1. I first met Mr. Nelson during a difficult time when my brother Mark Mellon passed away at a very young age. He was the kindest, most compassionate man I met. He helped our family through difficult times over the years. My condolences to the family.

  31. Sheila Roberts

    I am so very sad to hear this, as I have always felt like Chuck was part of our family. (Kassuba/Borowiak family) He had such a kind way about him, he truly was in the right profession. He will be missed by many. On a lighter note, I will not be able to leave this earth now as I just knew that when my day came, Chuck would be the one overseeing my funeral, even though I am 30 years younger! My condolences & prayers are with his family. Sheila💔

  32. So sad to hear about this! Chuck was a great man who I admired very much. Prayers to him and his family.

  33. MeLissa (Head) Olson

    To the Nelson Family – thank you for sharing this very lovely man with our community for such a long time. His presence made the grieving process easier as he walked us through so gently. May you find the same comfort.

  34. Chuck was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. Working for him was a privilege and I enjoyed every minute of it. He is the most compassionate, generous soul and did it so quietly with no fanfare that most didn’t even know he was behind it. Gaylord lost an icon. My sincere condolences to the family and all his current and past employees. To know him is to love him. He will be missed.

  35. Penny Banaszak

    So very sorry for your loss. Mr Nelson’s passing is a loss for the whole community. The impact he had on many of us at the worst time in our lives will never be forgotten. Our loved ones were gone but he (and the whole staff) treated them and the family with respect. Thank you for sharing a great man with everyone.

  36. Ron & Kelly Korson

    One of the special faces of Gaylord …. you will be missed. May you rest in His peace Chuck. Prayers for your family too.

  37. Rick & Cathy Sehl

    Prayers for the Family during this time. May the beautiful memories you have in your hearts bring a smile to your face and comfort you always.

  38. So sorry for the loss of a wonderful person. Chuck will be missed by so many including the whole town of Gaylord.
    He truly helped out loved ones when they had the loss of a family member. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family

    Doug & Diann ORourke

    1. Michelle Frakes

      So very sorry to hear that Mr. Nelson has passed away. Years ago I worked for the funeral home and closely with Mr. Nelson. He was always a support to the families he served and often times would sit down with different ones and just show that someone was willing to listen. He was very involved in the community and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family and most especially his wife Pat.

  39. Judy and Don Krieger

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family. He was a good friend and a joy to be around.

  40. Sheila Simpson

    Charlie and I join so many others with hearts that are enriched by knowing Chuck Nelson and all that he and Pat have given to this community in thoughtful generous and kind ways💗

  41. barbara thomas

    Dear Nelson Family. Our thoughts are with you all. Your dad fought long and hard. Our last visit with your dad was July 4th. Handsome and charming … is how he will always be remembered. Prayers and peace. Hugs to your mom.
    Babbie and Terry Thomas

  42. Kathy Sobocinski

    Pat and Family, so very sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a special man. Always kind and thoughtful, he will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.

  43. Katie Miller and family

    The Miller family sends their condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Chuck’s family. It is so hard to believe that this icon in our community is now gone. Chuck was there for our family through some difficult losses and we share with everyone who knows the Nelson family in the sadness of this loss and the joy in knowing Chuck has been received by our Lord in paradise.

  44. Anita Franckowiak

    Will remember Chuck always, his compassion and caring when taking charge of a Funeral. Funerals in Elmira will never be the same. Sympathies and prayers for the family.

  45. Dale & Nancy Jacob

    Condolences to all the Nelson Family May God comfort you all and keep you close 💛 We will definitely miss his smiling face. Peace

  46. Jill and Doug Hellyar

    Oh how my heart hurts hearing this news. No one loved life and family more than Chuck Nelson. He lit up every room he entered with his infectious smile and big personality. He brought so much comfort to people through the years with his caring and kind heart. He will be sorely missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nelson family. Rest In Peace Mr. Nelson! ❤️🙏🏻

  47. Gaylord has lost a man of immeasurable value. I will never forget his kindness to me when I needed it the most. My condolences to the Nelson family.

  48. Mr. Nelson provided comfort and kindness that went far beyond expectations to my family (Frank and Donna Koronka) when they needed it. My father considered him a good friend as well as brother knight. Rest in peace.

  49. Mr. Nelson was so kind to everyone and he cared about the families that he worked with. God has another awesome angel. My condolences to Mrs. Nelson and the family.

  50. Stand and Gladys Solokis

    Pat, you brought Chuck to Gaylord, where he became an integral part of Gaylord.
    He was loved and respected by so many. Our prayers are with you and the family.

  51. My thoughts and prayers to the Nelson family. Mr. Nelson was very helpful during the loss of a loved one! He will be missed very much.

  52. Rose (Shomock) Cunningham

    My sincere condolences. Chuck as well as the whole family will always have a special place in my heart. Keeping you all in my prayers at this sad time.

  53. Pat and family, I am so sorry to hear of your family’s great loss. Chuck was definitely one of a kind. He provided comfort and blessings to many. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  54. Karie (David) James

    So sorry for the loss! Sending love and prayers to the Nelson Family! Karie (David) James (Carol’s classmate)

  55. Gaylord will not be the same without Chuck Nelson. He quite simply had a remarkable way of easing pain and getting people through a tough situation. His smile and kindness were contagious. Oh how he will be missed. I am thinking of you all, you were blessed with someone special, thank you for sharing him with us all!

  56. Jodie & Tim Samkowiak

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Chuck was one of the first people I met when I moved to Gaylord. He always had a smile and kind word and was never too busy to take a few moments to chat. Our community will feel this great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  57. Michael J Copenhaver

    My condolences to the Nelson family for your loss. Chuck was a dear and valued friend as well as my neighbor during his early years in Gaylord. We shared more than a few laughs together. Rest in peace Chuck. You will be missed.

  58. Liz and Glen Griffore

    Dear Pat and family. Very sorry to hear the passing of such a great man.He will always be remembered as one of the good guys.

  59. Michelle Church

    A true icon of Gaylord. The most kind and compassionate person I’ve ever met. Prayers to the Nelson family.

  60. Gary Gehringer Sr

    My deepest condolences.
    I have had the pleasure of meeting him several times.
    When anyone met him, you just knew this man was a special person.
    We shall see him again one day.

  61. Audrey (Sehl) Howe

    Prayers to the family during this sad time. Mr. Nelson as a wonderful man and true gentleman. He helped and shared with many of the
    losses of my family members. He always had kind words and a friendly smile for everyone. When I think of my hometown Mr. Nelson
    represents the good and blessings Gaylord offers. Heaven takes another good man.

  62. Chuck use to come into my office whenever he was in the Courthouse, close my door, sit down, look at me with his amazing “grin”, and say, ” Remember, Jane, I will have the last word with you!” Chuck, I’m still here, but I will see you in Heaven soon! What an amazing, loving man Chuck was! So sorry for the Nelson’s, and all of the Gaylord community!

  63. Chuck & Kitty Veeser

    Our sincere condolences to the Nelson Family. Chuck had an enthusiasm for life that was unparalleled. He will surely be missed by his family and the community.

  64. Judge Norman R Hayes

    Dear Pat and Family;
    I am so very sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was certainly one of a kind! A true gentleman. Kind and compassionate and who just happened to have a tremendous sense of humor. Certainly A life well lived.

  65. Tonya (Fitzek) Weber

    My condolences to the entire Nelson family, I have so many great memories of growing up with the Nelson family. Mr Nelson always treated us as if we were his own. His was truly a blessing to all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  66. Michael and Denise Metzger

    Aunt Pat, Carol, Susan, David, Kelly and Elizabeth – In addition to being a loving Husband, Father, Grand-Father and Great-Grand-Father, Uncle Chuck was a caring and giving soul, with a warm and generous heart, A gregarious and welcoming host and peerless story teller who was, at times, afflicted with a trait I also possess….How is it a mind can remember every vital and humorous detail of a captivating story, but cannot somehow remember the fact that he has already told you that story three times……LOL? But each retelling was worth hearing it again. In this time of sadness know that our prayers are with Chuck and your family and remember (a paraphrase of a prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola) that by living close to the Lord you shall see His Hand, His Purpose and his Will through all things. Trust in His protecting Love.

  67. Uncle Charlie will always hold a big place in my childhood memories, and never without his iconic smile. We lost a good one.

  68. Gerald and Patricia Moran

    Our condolences to Pat and Chucks entire family. Chuck was a pillar in the Gaylord community and will be missed dearly. He lived his values and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.

    1. Karen & Dave Koronka

      My condolences to the Nelson family. Chuck will be greatly missed, his smile & his kind words surely made you feel like things would get better. Rest in peace Chuck!!!!!

  69. Sherri (Quay) O'Neil

    What a wonderful man! I am so sorry about your loss, but hope you find comfort in the many memories you have of him. Rest in peace.

  70. Laura (O’Rourke) Simcek

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of this iconic genuine compassionate person ..This community has lost a great man .. Many times I would run into him at the post office he would always call me by my first name an always asked about my family.. RiP Mr Nelson you truly left your mark! Condolences to his family .

  71. Dear Pat and family. We were very saddened to hear of Chuck‘s passing. He was a fine gentleman, kind and compassionate and a great community leader. You are all in our prayers. Janet Allen and Jim Smith.

  72. Beth (Walsh) Bauer

    My earliest memory of Uncle Charlie was being driven to the emergency room in his station wagon on my First Communion Day. I’d broken my leg riding on Eddie Tholl’s bike. I remember feeling very safe and cared for in that moment – a feeling that never changed in all the years I knew him. He was a warm, compassionate and joyful person always. I’m a bereavement coordinator for a children’s hospital now, and I know my first lessons in professionalism and caregiving came from watching him. God bless you all, Nelson family.

  73. Surely going to miss Uncle Charlie. Used to love to hear his stories at Calcaterra’ s deer camp. Love and prayers to the Nelson family.

  74. Vicky Borowiak

    Chuck was loved and admired by a lot of people. I know he is among friends right now telling stories. Rose and Harry Tomaski will be very pleased to greet him at the doors.

  75. Bruce J. Dodson

    Our prayers are with you at this time. Chuck was one of a kind, and a long time friend. I was very proud to serve on the Board of the Michigan Funeral Directors with him, many years ago. He was a staunch contributor to the laws and regulations of our profession. Rest in peace dear friend, and to Pat and your family, he set the bar high, we will try to reach it. Sincerely, Bruce and Carolyn Dodson, Dodson Funeral Home, St.Ignace, MI

  76. Dan and I are so saddened with the news of Chuck’s death. We have so many many memories of our times together. We both had small children at the same time so escaping on Friday nights was important. I remember enjoying martinis with Pat at the Sugar Bowl!! It was a wonderful reward for getting through the week! Chuck and Dan would just roll their eyes! And we would be ready for another week with little kids!
    Chuck was such a ray of sunshine to everyone!
    He will be greatly missed!


    Condolences to Pat & the Nelson Family. We were saddened to hear of your loss. It has been many years since we last talked to Chuck but his memory is fresh in our hearts & appreciate the time spent with him & Pat. He was truly a man’s man and am sure he will be greatly missed.

  78. kris and bob nickerson

    So sorry for the loss of Chuck. He was such a great man, so friendly. Rest in peace, he will be missed.

  79. Judi Doan and Jennifer Doan

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Chuck’s family. Always a positive attitude and a kind word. Thanks for sharing your family with mine.

  80. I’m very sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. God Bless Him and his family. Chuck was like an older brother to me living next door on Nottingham. He even got me job working with him at Greater Detroit Landscaping.
    Judy and I enjoyed stopping in to the Nelson Funeral Home to give he and Pat an update on our family.
    Our sympathies to Pat and your family on your loss.

  81. My brothers and I were neighbors of the Bates family on Nottingham and played with Chuck as children. Sorry to hear of his passing. We wish his family our deepest sympathy and prayers and know that Chuck is enjoying his full reward in heaven with Jesus, especially during this Easter season. Bernadine Lee

  82. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Chuck, Where ever a person met him, he always had a smile, would take your hand an ask how you were doing. When ever he took care of a family member, he was so kind, you felt like you were part of his family. He was a real gentleman an will be missed by many. Prayers also for his wife and family that will know comfort that he is in good hands, Sincerely Erma O’Rourke

  83. Sil and Tina Mazzella

    Our Condolences to Pat and the Nelson family . One of the fondest memories when we first moved to Gaylord, Mr. Nelson and his family would come to our restaurant (Mama Leone’s), When he introduced himself to my Mother, (Mama), he said, hello I am Charlie Nelson you’re friendly undertaker. Since that time, nearly 50 years ago, we have always remained friends. He was always a gentleman. We will remember you in our prayers.

  84. Craig and Berni Seidell

    Pat and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Always remember Chuck as a kind and compassionate man. So friendly to everyone. He will always be remembered by so many people. May he Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord.
    God bless you and your family in your time of sorrow.
    Craig and Berni Seidell

    1. Diane (Latuszek) Christenson

      My deepest condolences to Mrs. Nelson, Carol (my classmate) and the entire Nelson family. Chuck was very kind and respectful whether doing his job or out in the community. He was extremely “heartfelt” when greeting and taking care of people at the funeral home. Now God will take care of him. Prayers for all of you… 🙏✝️

  85. A genuine gentlemen who gave comfort to multitudes of families throughout the years. Always taking the time to say hello and reminiscing about family. We will hold you in our hearts 💟 Sincere condolences to the Nelson family.

  86. Uncle Chuck-You will missed by all of us. We will always cherish our days up at the cottage, fishing, learning how to water ski. and boating. Great memories. The Temrowski Family, Ann, Dan, Carol, Mary, David, and Kenny. We love you!

  87. Patti Ann, I’m so sorry for your loss. Chuck was a great guy who took care of our family from my Dad Tag, Mom Clara, Aunt Mary and many others. He is and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. RIP Chuck you’ve earned it.

  88. Thomas E. Alcorn

    Pat, Kelly, Carol, David, Elizabeth and Susan,

    I have always enjoyed our friendship over the years. I feel Chuck always wanted everyone to put their best foot forward as they interacted with the business community and the church. Chuck went out of his way to introduce everyone during a social situation. I am proud to have know Chuck and the family. We always had a great time while on vacation as well as other the family gatherings. I cannot wait until we celebrate his life later. I would give all a big hug if i was there.

  89. Pat and family. So sorry for your loss. Chuck was one of a kind and will cherish the friendship and memories of working for him and Pat. Every time I think of him it puts a smile on my face and a giggle under neath. Rest peacefully .

  90. Dan and Peg Jonkhoff Traverse City

    Chuck Cared for all! A good friend and colleague. Our heartfelt sympathy to the Nelson family.

  91. Pat and family, I remember when I first met Chuck, we were both in Quay’s barbershop. I had just been discharged from the army and found that we both were stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was there a few years before me as a Dentist and we compared how things had changed in Anchorage and at Fort Richardson. He asked me to install a garage door opener in the garage and while I was doing this, Larry Washburn stopped by to see me and met Chuck. Chuck asked what Larry did and he told him he was laid off from work. Chuck stayed and talked to us for a while, Walt Noa was there also. Before he left he told Larry to go see the Sheriff because he knew he was looking for a deputy. Larry did and he was hired and was a deputy for many years. This is only one memory I will never forget about him doing nice things for the community and his residents. I worked a few funerals with him, setting up for funerals and things had to be perfect! I watched him talking with families and the compassion he always showed them. I remember you with all the little kids living upstairs and working with him and the love you two showed to each other! The well-behaved children who once in a while I would see when doing odd jobs for him. He was a great friend and it was an honor to have known him. He was a pillar to the community and will be greatly missed ny all who came in contact with him.

    My thought and prayers are with you and the children. We will all see him again in heaven.

  92. Dear Nelson Family,

    My children and I are joining others by sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers in honor of the most compassionate and generous individuals ever known. Chuck was added up to our up north family during community events as well as his assistance in dealing with our losses. He always had such a gentle way of softening our pain. He set the foundation of enthusiastic passion for life in which you can see in his wife and children. We are so grateful for knowing him.

    Sending love and prayer to the Nelson Family.

    Diana (Toteff) Bergquist and Family

  93. Pat and Darlene Harkins

    So sorry to hear. Chuck was so good to us when my father passed in 1971, and through the years. Always so kind to our family, knew all our names. When our mom passed, he made a point then to talk to each of us. Just a wonderful positive man that will be missed by us and the whole community. Condolences to his family.

  94. Bret and Bonny Miller

    Thank you Chuck for the example of kindness, generosity, community and family. Your incredible gift of consoling
    so many families in their time of grief will be remembered for a long time. We are sure you will have a warm welcome from all of people you have helped in the past.

  95. Bob and Pat Webster

    Our sincere condolences to the Nelson family for the loss of this great man. He had a gift that made us all feel special.

  96. Mrs. Nelson,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Mr. Nelson was always so kind and such a gentle person. He will be missed. Eternal rest grant onto him oh Lord, and may his soul rest in peace. AMEN.

  97. I remember when dad was working with Chuck on the first funeral home being with them! And babysitting your kids In the first funeral home!!
    He was such an awesome person! Much love and comfort to all of you!

  98. Erik and Lisa Pearson

    Our condolences to you and your family. He was a very nice man, very kind. Heaven received another angel 😇

  99. Chuck was a wonderful man, always positive and helpful. Deep condolences to Pat and family. “Alleluia. May Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest”

  100. Mitchell R. Dobrzelewski

    A true gentleman and most gracious man, with a commanding presence and engaging personality, he had a special gift of personal connection that always left
    you feeling important and better for the experience. As part of the fabric of the community for so many years, he will truly be missed by the great many friends and families whose lives he so meaningfully touched. May he Rest always in His Light and Peace.
    My personal condolences to the entire Nelson family.

  101. Please accept the deepest condolences from Rick and me. We will miss seeing Chuck at Otsego Lake next summer. His legacy rests in his wonderful family. Sending you many wishes for peace and healing in these challenging days.

  102. Gabby & Elaine Nowak

    Chuck was a wonderful man and helped our family many times when losing loved ones. I have such fond memories of him, he will be missed by the entire community very much. Our condolences to the family and everyone who loved him.

  103. Diana Johnston McSweeney

    Dear Pat, Carol, Sue and all members of the family: My heart goes out to you at the loss of you husband and father and grandfather. Chuck was such a friend and strong support for me during the Little League years and when Johnny passed . Your whole family was much loved by us. My love and prayers are with you for comfort and peace and I know that he and Johnny and many others are together again. Praise God!

  104. Kathryn Scudder00

    It has been many years since my husband, Kenneth E. Scudder died, but I certainly remember the help given to our family by Mr. Nelson, Mr. John Weston, of the Nelson Funeral Home, and the Rev. Warren Pettis of Gaylord’s First United Methodist Church. My condolences to the Nelson family.

  105. Deanna McKillop Rheinhardt

    My deepest condolences to the Nelson family. Mr. Nelson was a wonderful person who helped our family many times when losing loved ones. Prayers for his family and the community!

  106. George & Judy Dunn

    What a great guy, he will be missed by all. I will never forget when I opened my first business, Dunn” Office Supply Chuck and Carol came and bought a lot of furniture from me. I was so happy I gave both of them a big hug. Did a lot of Real Estate business with Chuck after that. A real man”s man.

  107. Dear Pat and the whole Nelson clan,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mr Nelson’s passing. I have so many memories of him! I loved hanging at your house and how he just made you feel like one of the family. Hugs for each of you! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Robyn Johnston Yarmak

  108. Our deepest sympathy to Pat and all of the Nelson Family. Such incredible memories were made in Chuck’s company when we traveled together or just met for Monday night burgers at Hidden Valley. We treasure these as we treasure your friendship. May God and your love bring you comfort. Leah Potere, Martha Potere and Steven Wiltse

  109. Kathleen (Dobrzelewski) Chau

    Our sympathy and prayers to Pat and all of the Nelson Family. The Gaylord community was greatly blessed by his compassion, mentorship, and sterling civic example. May he rest in peace!

  110. Deepest sympathies to the Nelson family.
    Mr. Nelson (Chuck) was an inspiration to all who knew him. Always ready to help, and a wonderful story teller. He will be missed. Gaylord will not be the same.

  111. Thaddeus Ostrowski

    My condolences on your loss to Carol, Jennifer, Patrick, William, Shannon, Dillon, and the rest of the family. We remember his hospitality and generosity hope his memory and influence brings you comfort.

  112. Susan McKillop Chaulk

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Nelson and family. Mr. Nelson was such a charming and wonderful man; when he talked to you, he had such a twinkle in his eyes and a great smile. Through the many loses we had, Mr. Nelson eased us thru our grief with such compassion, he will be missed.

  113. John & Pegi Jenkins

    Pat and family, our hearts go out to you for your loss. Since the arrival of the Nelsons in our community, they have made it their home. You have taken care of our families thru our darkest times with kindness and caring like no other. I have enjoyed Chucks council, input and ideas for the last 30 years on what was best for our community. Thru the years we have had a few people that we could call “Mr Gaylord “. I know he is on that list. I will miss his smiling face and treasure our memories of Chuck. God bless you Pat, and God be with you. John & Pegi Jenkins

  114. If you look up the words Kind, Caring, Giving, Mentor, Friend, and Compassion, there will be a picture of HC. Patty Ann and HC welcomed me into their family in Marco Island years ago while I was on vacation. I stopped by Marco to see Biz and Philip for two days and 10 days later, I left Marco. Breakfast with Chuck was something I will never forget. HC called me every day when my father was transitioning to make sure I was okay and if I had everything taken care of or if he needed to fly out to Colorado to help me and my family during that difficult time. When he told me that he was proud of me, words cannot express the feeling that gave me. HC will never be forgotten and his spirit will be with me forever. God bless the entire family.
    Love, Tod

  115. Marlene Czarkowski

    Chuck Nelson was an impressionable man to all of us. For those who grew up in the village of Gaylord witnessed a true leader in the community. We were very lucky to have him in our presence.
    Thank you Nelson family and a wonderful eulogy today.

  116. Patrick and Debora Murray

    Sending our warm and caring thoughts and love to Pat and family during this difficult time. Chuck was a man of character, intellect, and humor and his presence will be missed by many, including us. We hope that memories of a beautiful life will bring comfort and peace.

  117. Rose Marie Sitko

    My condolences to all of Chuck’s family. My thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time.

  118. Ed and Judi Estelle

    There are ski slopes at Vail and Snowbird still echoing the laughter of those 70’s ski trips, Rest In Peace, Chuck, til we all meet again, Pat and family, we send prayers for your strength and comfort. Ed and Judi Estelle.

  119. Hon. Robert J Turner

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nelson family. David, I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, but knowing you, I believe he must have a been a wonderful man. You spoke highly of him often. Treasure the memories in the years to come. There is no greater bond than that of a son to his father.

  120. Chuck Nelson was one of nicest men I have ever meet. He was one of my first customers when I started a window cleaning business in 1977. He gave me several jobs to do; his funeral home, his own beautiful home with a great view, and his lake home. Also a very active man, it seemed he ran at a different speed, hard to keep up with him. Still, he would always take time to ask how I was doing and family. He also was very family oriented, he was concerned for his children. I’m crying as I write this, he will be truly missed. You were a fine man. To describe Chuck in one word it would be exuberant, he lived life to the fullest.
    Revelation 21:3,4 is a scripture that helps me in times like this hope it helps your family.

    1. Dear Pat and family,
      I am so saddened to hear of Chucks passing. His genuine concern is what I will remember most.
      While working in the home during his last months, he never failed to engage in conversation asking about me.
      He had a special way of making others feel important as does the entire Nelson clan!
      Pat, you both raised a wonderful family!
      My deepest sympathy & condolences!

  121. Catherine O'Neill

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs. Nelson, Susan, and the whole Nelson family.

  122. My condolences to Nelson family. Chuck was such a compassionate person and cared deeply about people. Chuck you will be missed. Rest in peace. The Gaylord area will miss you.

  123. Fred and Faye Kwapis

    We were saddened to learn of Mr. Nelson’s passing. He was truly a gentleman. We miss him.

    1. Patricia Nelson

      Thank you for the kind thoughts. We are just trying to get the word out that
      we have finally been able to schedule the Memorial Service.
      Best to you and Fred.

  124. Michelle Rick (Niedzwiecki)

    Our sympathies go out to you, Mrs. Nelson, Sue, and all the Nelson family. It is never easy to lose someone we love. Mr. Nelson was loved by so many because of his extraordinary compassion and selfless generosity. The Rick family

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