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Donald Nelson

Donald Almon Nelson Jr.

Friday, June 4th, 1943 - Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
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Obituary

On February 3rd, 2021 Donald Almon Nelson Jr, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at home at age 77.

Don was born June 4, 1943 in Kalamazoo MI, where he lived out his entire life until a brief battle with cancer. He and his wife, Emogene, had two daughters, as well as two sons.

Don worked for the City of Kalamazoo all of his adult life, retiring after 40+ years as a public servant in the Streets Division.

Don loved travel, camping, snorkeling, tinkering in the garage, and a good Sunday drive (any day of the week, really!); however, he was most content having all of his children and grandchildren over, hanging out in the simplicity of a visit to Nana and Papa’s.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Donald Nelson Sr, his mother, Vivian Nelson, sister Rochelle Veldt, and his younger brother, Gary Nelson.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Emogene Nelson; his four children: Jennifer Puchalski, Nancy (Kurtis) Shufflebarger, Christopher (Shannon) Nelson, and Nicholas (Christine) Nelson; 8 grandchildren [Tom (Amanda) Puchalski, Meghan (Beau) Knowlton, Barton (Desiree) Brooks, Amelia Shufflebarger, Samantha (Eric) Hoard, Tristan (Sean) Harris, Drew Nelson, Wyatt Nelson] and 5 great grandchildren; his sister Sharon (Robert) Buckley, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Hospice in his honor: Grace Hospice, 2725 Airview Blvd Suite 101, Portage, MI 49002.

A memorial service will be held at his interment at Riverside Cemetery, Section A, at 3:00pm, February 11 2021.
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Lorrie Edelblute

Posted at 07:17pm
A tree for mom and every child. I love you all so much. Love you Don.

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Sue Cyr

Posted at 07:15pm
I believe that when we lose someone we love, they continue to live on through us & give us strength. The love we shared makes them part of us forever
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URGE Member

Posted at 05:40pm
The United Retired Governmental Employees (URGE), the group of City of Kalamazoo retirees, extend our sincerest condolences to Don's family and friends for this untimely loss, and express our heartfelt thanks for Don's 40+ years of faithful service to the City.
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Patty, Joe, and Ryan Trainor

Posted at 10:22am
Christine & family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you, so sorry for your loss.
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The Sharples

Posted at 08:31am
Christine and Nick - we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the family during this tough time.
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