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Nelson W. Wheaton

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Nelson W. Wheaton, 78, of Gaylord, was reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Anita, on Monday, August 10, 2020.

He was born in Addison, Michigan on May 17, 1942, to Leonard and Helen (Hague) Wheaton

Nelson married Anita (Boggs) on June 17, 1977.  The couple was married 41 years.  Nelson and Anita lived in Onondaga, Michigan, until retiring from General Motors in 1995.  After retirement, they moved to Gaylord, MI, where they spent many years enjoying the great outdoors.

Nelson was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting for morels, snowshoeing, riding his Ranger, and enjoying a drink with friends.  He had a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor. He lived life to the fullest and did things his way until the very end.

Nelson was active in the Lake Arrowhead community.  For many years, he and Anita maintained the parks for the association.  Although he and Anita enjoyed the winter, he later began to snowbird to Alabama.  It was there in Fort Morgan, where they found another community of lifelong friends.

Nelson is survived by his children, Gale Wheaton, Terrie (Scott) Westman, Rhonda (Brad) Mofield, Nick (Corina), and Dwayne (Traci) Crocker; grandchildren, Marci, Amanda, Kelsey, Gabby, Hailey, Logan, Chad, Raelynn, Zach, Cooper, Tyler, and Randi; great-grandchildren, Hudson, Graham and Myles; and sister, Geri Heeman.

Nelson was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anita; and siblings, James, Doris Hawes, Howard, Martha Myers, and Marion Wheaton.

Funeral services will be held at the Lake Arrowhead Pavilion on Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Arrowhead Property Owners Association for the beautification of the parks, 7065 Arrowroot Tr., Gaylord, MI 49735, or at the LAPOA office drop box.  If writing a check, please include “in memory of Nelson Wheaton” on the memo line.

The Wheaton family would like to thank the community for their help in locating Nelson and providing them with closure.   They appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received over the past few days.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

11 comments on “Nelson W. Wheaton”

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Wheaton family. Terrie, Scott and girls – sending you all love from all the Rasinske’s to help you through this trying time.

    Bob and Nancy

    • Kim Mofield Kringlen

      We send our sincere condolences to your family. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. With love from the Mofield Family.

      • We are so deeply sorry for your loss, such a special honor to have the service at the pavilion!
        Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family, Earl and Connie Lemley

        • Dave and I were so very sorry to hear if Nels
          Passing. He and Anita were two of the first people to welcome us to Lake Arrowhead. We’ll never forget his wit and sense of humor. He was a friend to everyone who knew him.
          Our thoughts are with the family.
          Dave and Sherry Burley

          • Rochelle Tallman

            Your dad looked like a man who truly lived life to the fullest! A kind man full of love, with a great sense of humor. Thinking of you Terrie and your family. Prayers and hugs!

            • Gale, Terri, and family. My prayers and love go out to you all. I know how hard it is to lose your parents. You are all in my thoughts. If there’s anything we can do, please let me know. God bless.

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