Robert Wendell Nelson, 75, Huxley, Iowa, passed away Feb. 13, 2017 at Bethany Life Communities, Story City, Iowa.
He was born June 13, 1941 to Bennie and Evelyn (Hokanson) Nelson in Kennedy, Minn. He married Mary Catherine Rowan March 6, 1965 in Moor-head, Minn.
Bob was a graduate of North Dakota State University, employed for 37 years as a mechanical engineer at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa., and held patents on a number of their product designs.
In his retirement, he loved yard work, his crossword puzzles, and being a proud and loving Papa to his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary, Huxley; his children, Ben (Micki) Nelson, Ames, Iowa. and Sarah (Paul) Doak, Ankeny, Iowa.; grandchildren, Maxwell and Evelyn Nelson, and Madison and Rease Doak; three brothers, Jim (Sandy) Nelson, Larry Nelson and Paul (Mavis) Nelson; his sisters, Becky (Harlan) Neuberger, Bonnie Johnson, Carol Drake, Jeanie Spilde and Hazel (Floyd) Hansen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, Wayne, Clare, and Floyd Nelson; and two sisters, infant Susan, and Corrine Gunnarson.
Adams Funeral Home, Ames, is assisting the family with arrangements, with a private service for family members being held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the family or to a charity of choice in Bob’s honor. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared at www.adamssoderstrum.com