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Richard J. Nelson

November 25, 1932 — February 9, 2018

Richard (Dick) John Nelson, 85, of Plymouth, Michigan, passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2018 in Sun Lakes, AZ, with his wife Patsy at his side. He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1932, moved to Plymouth during adolescence, and remained since. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1952.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Helen Nelson, and stepmother Alfreda Nelson.
His life was filled with faith, love of family, and sports. He was a devoted husband, caring father, and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved playing golf (four hole-in-ones!) and cheering for any Michigan sport team (unless it was against Wisconsin). His grandchildren will remember him for sharing his enthusiasm for the Detroit Tigers!
He worked for the City of Plymouth and at the Penn and P&A Theaters in Plymouth before beginning his career at American Motors Company in Detroit. After retiring, he and Patsy enjoyed traveling and being snowbirds in Arizona. He always had a story to share, never met a stranger, and enjoyed his weekly card game with Patsy, his sister Barb, and her husband Ron.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patsy Ann Nelson, sister Barbara Krump (Ron); daughters, Linda Harbaugh, Cheryl Maxwell (Ron), Jackie Capriotti (Chet, decd), and Rachelle Skehan (Mike); grandchildren, Laura (Joey), Ryan (Aubrey), Christine (Ryan), Stacey (Alex); four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being made through Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth, Michigan. A Visitation will be held on March 9th, from 3-8 at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth with his Funeral Mass being held at Our Lady of Good Counsel on March 10th, at noon.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, March 9, 2018

3:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Schrader-Howell Funeral Home

280 S. Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Starts at 12:00pm (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

47650 N. Territorial, Plymouth, MI 48170

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