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Robert Nelson

Robert C. "Bob" Nelson

Tuesday, October 2nd, 1928 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert C. “Bob” Nelson, 92, of Kenosha, was called home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Froedtert South – Pleasant Prairie.

Born in Kenosha, on October 2, 1928, he was the son of the late George E. and Pearl L. (Bostetter) Nelson, Sr. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was educated in local schools.

On September 9, 1950, he married Rose Mary Gallo at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Rectory.

Bob started his career with David Nelson & Son – Mayflower Moving & Storage Company. Bob, with his brothers (George, David, and C. Richard) and partner Horton (Al) Bane, formed Bane-Nelson, Inc. in 1965 to service the industrial and commercial community of Kenosha, Southeastern Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois. He served as President of Bane-Nelson, Inc. from 1965 until his passing.

In his capacity as President of Bane-Nelson, Inc, Bob served as a Board Member of the Kenosha Manufacturer’s Association and of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA). Bob was a President and founding member of the TCCA (Tri-County Contractor’s Association of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties), a Board Member of the ACEA (Allied Construction Employers’ Association), the President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Metal Building Dealers Association and the President of the Eastern Wisconsin Erector’s Association. He was a Past Director of the International Maintenance Institute as well as, the Kenosha and Racine Red Cross. He was the Past President of the Private Industry Council of Kenosha/Racine.

He continued to be an inspiration to all his employees and family through his presence in his office until his passing. He led by example, and it gave him great joy to be among his Bane-Nelson family.

Bob spent his life in service to others. Bob served in the Wisconsin National Guard for 12 years, attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was Commander of the 126th Field Artillery Headquarters in Kenosha. He served as the 1985 United Way General Campaign Chairperson. Bob was a Kenosha Civics Veteran Parade Honoree in 1987. In 1996, Bob was voted “Business Person of the Year”, as presented by Heritage Bank. He was given the Chairman’s Award from Kemper Center in 1999. In 2004 he received the “Community Service / Humanitarian Award” from the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob has also been an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America for more than 58 years, including past 2-term President of the Southeast Wisconsin Council. He was also a recipient of the highest awards in scouting – the “Silver Beaver” and “Silver Antelope” Award. Bob was also given by the Archdiocese Committee on scouting the “St. George Award” and he received the BSA “Order of the Arrow Centurion Award”. More recently on October 24, 2020 the rebuilt tee pee pavilion at Boy Scout camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta was dedicated in his honor. Serving as Past Area Chair for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserves (ESGR). He was awarded the “2012-2013 ESGR Jack Weissgerber Award of Excellence” and he received the “2018 ESGR Lifetime Achievement Award” from the United States of America Department of Defense. Bob was actively involved in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Kenosha for 47 years and served on its Board of Directors as well as for many other non-profit organizations, such as: St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Boys and Girls Club and Serra Club.

Bob was an active member at St. Mary Catholic Church and of his good friend Father Mike Neumann’s Wednesday morning men’s prayer group. In addition, Bob was a founding member in 1985 to his long-time men’s prayer group that still meets today.

In addition to family gatherings, Bob enjoyed many wonderful years of traveling with his wife Rose, throughout the United States. He also loved spending time with his family at his cabin in Lake Delton, WI.

Bob was an avid Brewer fan and looked forward to watching the games on tv. His affection for the rescue Sheltie dogs he raised throughout the years gave him great pleasure. We all believe Bob would truly say that his greatest joy would be the love he has for his family and friends and his deep & lasting faith in God.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Rose Nelson; two children, Larry (Kathy) Nelson and Judy (Allan) Kohlmeier; five grandchildren, Kristy (Andre) Gowens, Brian (Lori) Nelson, Aaron (Nikki) Kohlmeier, Adam (Kate) Kohlmeier, Kelley Soderberg; 11 great-grandchildren, Bella, Emma, Paige, Luke, Ella, Evan, Elias, Charley, Payton, Kloe, and baby on the way.

Bob is further survived by sister-in-law, Charlene; nephews, Scott (Kathie), Rick (Pat), Kevin (Deanna), and Jeff (Terri) Nelson and families; brothers-in-law, Gino (Jackie), John (Caroline), Joe (Lorena), and Dino Gallo. Bob is also survived by many other nieces and nephews.

Aside from his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, George E. (Irene Buri) Nelson, Jr., C. Richard (June) Nelson, and David L. Nelson; brothers-in-law, Mike (Eileen), Al (Marge), Ronnie (Beverly) Gallo. He is also preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Linda Gallo.

Many special “thank you’s” go to: Bob’s doctor, Rodrigo Mata III, MD, who always took great care of Bob. The nurses and doctors who cared for Bob at Froedtert South Hospital during the last two weeks. His wonderful friend & Chaplin, Dave Baugher who saw and gave great comfort to Bob every day while in the hospital, and allowed us to speak to him through the phone and facetiming/skyping; what a blessing you were to all of us. To his loyal friend William (Willy) Waldron who loved and cared for him, they truly enjoyed each other’s friendship. Tammy Clauser, who was Bob’s loving caregiver these past two years. Also Bob’s life-long friends, Tom McTernan and Joe Sexton for all the many years of wonderful memories and friendship that they shared together.

We are all so thankful for the many wonderful, cherished and faithful family, friends, and employees who have blessed Bob with their friendship and love.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations/memorials for Bob to go to; St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Academy, the Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America, Sleep in Heavenly Peace–WI Racine/Kenosha, Shalom Center, and Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha.

Due to the current health concerns, a mass for Bob will be held privately at St. Mary Catholic Church and Internment at Green Ridge Cemetery. To view a livestream of Bob's mass, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser, https://youtu.be/DtxlVtI_Hws or click on the "Photos & Videos" tab at the top of the page and select "Watch Webcast". To view Bob's procession and committal service please use the following links:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18__MedHyWvivXaH3r3w5Ok1LGl5SxhcV/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-SxZD_ESQxA7SEuHVcz2uG723Q6iM_JC/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ScSAQG2AhOyfYLGPod5GkCJumjTULJY/view?usp=sharing
A celebration of life will be held in the summer for friends and family when it is hopefully safer.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit & Sign Bob’s Online Memorial Book at:
www.prokofuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Location
    Green Ridge Cemetery
    Address
    6604-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53143
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    Notes
    Private with full military honors.

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Christine Moser

Posted at 06:47pm
Bob was a well respected man. It was a pleasure working for him. My deepest condolences to your family.
Dean & Christine Moser
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Love Roger, Tootsie& Meghan

Posted at 08:35pm
Rose, Judy, and Larry, We are so saddened by the loss of you husband/father. We loved Bob. His quiet ways and his gentleness. You will be in our heart
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David Lauer

Posted at 11:05am
Larry and Kathy,
Our sympathies go out to you and your family at Bob's passing. May he rest in peace, having done an exemplary job here on Earth.

Chris Dorf

Posted at 05:17pm
Mr. Nelson was a person that I knew and respected going back to the late 1980's with out Mt. Carmel Men's Prayer Group. Mr. Nelson, like my own father, was from the 'old school' of business owners, where your employees were thought of and treated like your family, and the community you lived in was that place where you anonymously contributed your time and efforts in making it a good place to raise a family and live without any thought of getting anything in return.
As the line went in 'It's a Wonderful Life', "No man is a failure who has friends", Mr. Nelson was Blessed with many friends that he knew, and many many more whom were helped in life by his selfless and anonymous actions.
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Chris Dorf

Posted at 05:05pm
Mr. Nelson was a person that I knew and respected going back to the late 1980's. Mr. Nelson, like my own father, was from the 'old school' of business owners, where your employees were thought of and treated like your family, and the community you lived in was that place where you anonymously contributed your time and efforts in making it a good place to raise a family and live without any thought of getting anything in return.
As the line went in 'It's a Wonderful Life', "No man is a failure who has friends", Mr. Nelson was Blessed with many friends that he knew, and many many more whom were helped in life by his selfless and anonymous actions.
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