William (Buck) Nelson

NelsonPhoto1William (Buck) Nelson was born December 2, 1925 and died peacefully on March 19, 2013. We was born in Cass West, Virginia. Buck served in the US Navy for 4 years during WWII. He served in the Army Reserves until he returned to active duty during the Korean War. He, Shirley and his young family spent 3 years stationed in Verdun France.

Buck enjoyed golfing and his summer property in Blue Lake where he water-skied, para-sailed and enjoyed family and friends. He loved bowling and NelsonPhotoparticipated in 3 bowling leagues. He worked at Albertsons as a bakery manager leaving after 25 years to start his own bakery business. His passion was working for Pizza Blends, he stayed with that company until his retirement at 86. His career with Pizza Blends facilitated traveling to many different places where he and Shirley made many wonderful friends during exciting adventures. He was a genius when it came to creating pizza formulas for many pizza chains throughout the country.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, of 68 years, son Frank Nelson (Pam), daughter Cynthia Anderson (Rick). He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Gloria. Grandchildren: Christopher, Cindi, Grant, Reid, Natalie, Justin (JJ). Great-grandchildren: L.J., Jaela, Cameron, Brooke, Marcus, Alaira, Kenley-Rae & Sophia.

The family will have a small private service for immediately family. There are plans for a memorial in the future.


4 Responses to “William (Buck) Nelson”

  • Mikki Johansen says:

    Not having seen Buck in nearly 20 years does not make his loss any easier. Fond memories of business conventions and spending time with Buck and Shirley were highlights for my children and myself. And the precious time spent at Blue Lakes one summer is a great memory to remember.
    Thank you, Buck, for always being such a sweet man and a true gentleman. Thank you for always being such a great friend to my children.
    We’ll love and miss you, Mikki Johansen, Mike Johansen and Katie Johansen Davis.

  • Mark Soblom says:

    Dear Buck,
    Rest Peacefully my dear friend until the day when you and all your friends will be teeing off together in heaven again. There was not a person that could say a harsh word about Buck Nelson. He would give you the shirt off his back, his advice if you asked for it, his help if ever needed and looked out for us all as if we were his own kids. His happiest days were golfing with his friends, time spent with his family at the lake or working for Bob Holmes, who he would go to the end of the earth for. Buck was fiercely loyal and hard working, he loved his wife Shirley and his children and grandkids. Old buckaroo you touched so many peoples lives in such a warm and loving ways

    All the best to his family

    Love, Mark, Christy, Connor & Laura Soblom / Palm Springs, CA USA

  • Jim Rowse says:

    Dear Nelson Family,
    It was an honor to call Buck my friend. When I spoke to Buck earlier this year, as always he wanted to know how me and my family were doing, never about himself. The most giving, loving man I have ever known. I look forward to playing some golf in heaven when I arrive.
    Shirley, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    Jim, Lori, David, Kelly, Molly & Stephen Rowse

  • Mark Bronnes says:

    I have known Buck and Shirley for most of my life. Our families would vacation every year at Blue Lake. I was in grade school when our families met. The years we spent on the lake water skiing were the best times of my life. I would stop by and visit with Buck and Shirley and talk for hours, remembering all the good times our families had. Buck, you will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley, Frank, Cindy and all the family.

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