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Robert Lloyd Nelson

We just received the following information from Harold Weight about the loss of our classmate, Robet Lloyd, who was recently killed in a logging accident.  I really hate it when we lose another class member.  Terry

Bob's service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday June 5th at the Columbia Funeral Service -- 1105 Maple St. in Longview WA 98632. Columbia's phone number, just in case you should need it, is 360-636-4211. Later there will be a reception. The time or location hasn't fully been decided...but it will possibly be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Longview. More info on that will follow and/or be available on that day. The family requested that any letters, cards or condolences be sent to: Pat Nelson c/o Mark Nelson 11050 S. East 145th Ave. Happy Valley, OR 97086 Please notify, or forward this, to anyone you know would wish to know. 


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06/01/15 12:32 AM #1    

Bill Blank (Class Of 1962)

Sorry to hear about Robert's tragic accident.  I passed this along to other members of the class of 1962. 

Bill Blank

06/03/15 12:25 PM #2    

Paul Pearson (German Teacher)

Bob was a two year German student of mine.  Early on he was informed that I was employed by the U. S. Forest Service during the summer holidays.  He asked about employment and I arranged an interview for him, and he was hired.  He was very well-liked and respected by both his employers and co-workers. 

I maintained contact with him for many years and I was often a guest of him and his family - including the dog. in their home on Skyline.

As often is the case and with moving, changing jobs, raising a family, etc. we lost contact over the years.

His death was quite a surprise and no doubt a shock not only to his family but also to his close friends.

If there are some of my former students, who plan to attend his service, I would certainly appreciate their forwarding on to me the materials.

Please email me for my postal address.     Sincerely,  Paul Pearson

06/06/15 05:59 AM #3    

Lee Ann Stashin (Barnhart)

Having gone to both elementary and high school with Robert, I will truly miss our friend. He was listed as one of our missing classmates and in trying to find him, I spoke with many who weren't the right Robert, but were still gracious, even the second time if I called by accident. blush  With as much mobility as some of us have had in our lives, it's a challenge to find someone with as common a name as Bob's. I finally had the list narrowed down and was fairly sure I'd finally located him, after over a year of searching off and on, when Harold Weight passed along the notification of his passing. I felt like I'd been struck in my heart by a sledgehammer because after all the searching, I was calling the 'Roberts' in his area this week. With such close timing, what a shock.

He was such a good young man and I'm happy to know he was the same as an adult man. I'm sorry we didn't keep in touch. He was always so happy. We enjoyed like humors and getting to be better friends during the time we "went steady"; remember that term? Some of my young teen grandkids think we're so cool having lived "back then".  laugh They are such a joy and make me laugh viewing their innocence and naievete from this end of life's spectrum. Being cool is good, tho.

He was cremated on Monday, the 8th, and the memorial service for him was today, Friday. I called Columbia Funeral Services Thursday and asked for a copy of the program for his services. If anyone else wants one, contact the family at the address in the announcement on here since the services are over. The funeral director told me his cause of death was from a "widow-maker": when a cut tree bounces, hits a second tree and causes that tree to snap off and travel in an unpredictable direction. So sad.

Life can be so unfair, especially in its event timing. Continue being happy, Bob, even though your family and many friends miss you. Until we meet again.


06/08/15 01:17 AM #4    

Terry Schumacher

Bob's oldest son is named Mark and I was contacted by Mark's sister-in-law, Mihaela Reaves, with information about Bob's military service.  I have asked Mihaela for further personal information about Bob's life and family and will post whatever I receive.  Terry

Bob served in Vietnam. I understand he got two decorations, one being a Bronze Medal and am not sure what the other was, but will ask for the information if anyone is interested. I knew of his service, but he was very modest and hardly ever spoke about it. I did not know he was decorated until after the memorial. Mihaela


08/12/15 02:43 PM #5    

Terry Schumacher

The message below comes from (David) Alan Rockwood, who lives in Ketchikan, AK.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our classmate.

We were "down south" in May and I was able to attend the funeral of Bob Nelson in Longview.  We were really good friends in high school and he was the one person who tweaked my interest in forestry, which set me on my career path.  Bob's daughter gave the eulogy which described her dad just the way I remembered him - a quiet person with strong ethics.


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