William M. Nelson, Jr.

November 19, 2019

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NELSON, JR. William M. beloved husband of the late Marjorie A. Nelson (nee Brockman). Devoted father of W. Michael (Sarah) Nelson III, Craig R.(Kathleen) Nelson, Amy (Tom) Wattley and the late Jeffrey (survived by Janet) Nelson. Loving grandfather of William M. Nelson IV, Meredith A. Will, Eric R. Nelson, Jennifer A. Nelson-Wright, Emily S. Nelson-Sempervive, Thomas G. Wattley, Steven N. Wattley and Douglas W. Wattley. Dear great-grandfather of 10 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Robert Nelson and the late Alice Bucheit and Wilma Gosink. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill served on the USS Cowpens throughout WW II and worked as a NY Central Railroad Engineer until retirement. Passed away November 19, 2019 at age 95. Visitation to be at St. James of the Valley Church, 411 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, 45215, Friday November 22 from 10 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.


Max Barker - Dec 10, 2019
On behalf of the USS Cowpens (CVL25 & CG63) Veterans Association, we would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one, and our shipmate. At the USS Cowpens Reunion over Father's Day weekend in Cowpens, South Carolina, your loved one will be remembered at our memorial ceremony of shipmates lost during the past year. Your family and friends have an open invitation to attend each reunion. Further information may be obtained by e-mailing the reunion secretary at maxbarker3028@gmail.com.Sincerely,Max Barker-Reunion Secretary.
Michael Crotty - Dec 9, 2019
Mike, Craig and Amy - so sorry to hear this news. Big Bill was a wonderful man, husband and Father. I have countless memories of his big, friendly smile since we entered St James in 1956! Rest in peace Norm.
Patrick Proud - Nov 26, 2019
Craig, I had a tremendous respect for your father and was always a joy to be around. Setting in your house at the kitchen table he always was listening to ever word. Prayers for you and family, you all had great parents.
Melinda Watson - Nov 21, 2019
Norm, you will be missed by so many.
Stew Mathews - Nov 21, 2019
Mike, My condolences to you and your family. I only got to know your dad by seeing him at mass at St. Clare Convent. He was a wonderful friendly guy and I appreciated knowing him.
Polly Keith Scotland - Nov 20, 2019
From the family of Bob "Skeets" Keith to the family of Bill "Billy Mike" Nelson. We send our heartfelt sympathy. It was an honor to know this kind, generous, funny, humble servant of God. He will be missed! But I can imagine the great reunion in Heaven that Bill is having with his bride Marge, his son Jeff, and great friends Bob and Helen. May God be with you as you celebrate the life of an outstanding man! Love, Polly Keith Scotland
Paul Deardorff - Nov 20, 2019
Mike, Craig and Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great person. One memory I have with him is enjoying lunch with Mike and discussing the Vietnam War. At the time, Mike and I both had long hair and bell bottom jeans. We thought his dad was asleep in the next room, but apparently he was not. He called out to us, as follows, "Keep it down you communist hippies, I'm trying to sleep." We did as told. The truth is, we were not communists, we were only wanna-be-hippies. Thankfully, your dad tolerated us anyways.
Johnny Mangus - Nov 20, 2019
Norm, you were a great man and loved by many. Rest easy.