Virgil J. Nelson, 91, of Shreve passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.
Virgil was born August 19, 1926 in Wooster to Axel Bruno and Grace Viola Meyers Nelson.
He married Mary Belle Little on September 12, 1947. Virgil started working at the Wooster Daily Record at the age of 14 and retired after 50 years in the position of Production Manager. After retirement he moved to the country and helped his sons at the Des Dutch Essenhaus for over 20 years. Virgil served in the US Navy WWII from October 31, 1944 to July 5, 1946. He enjoyed making museum quality hand crafted model ships and was an avid fisherman which included fishing with his children and grandchildren at his cottage in Canada. He took pleasure in working with the youth from the church, taught Sunday School and formed a Boys Club out of his basement building toys for less fortunate children. He was also very active with the Soap Box Derby. Virgil was always a husband and father first and his family was his true love and passion.
He was a member and lifetime elder at First Church of God.
He is survived by his wife Mary, children John (Debi) Nelson, Jim (Susie) Nelson, Carol (Rick) Middleton, Bill (Rosanna) Nelson and Vicki (Keith) Dunbar.
Grandchildren Adrienne ( Ben) Byo, Alyssa ( Sean) Piper, Erin ( Chris) Webber, Megan ( Mike) Shryock, Jamie ( Jake) Scott, A.J. Nelson, Johnny Nelson, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Danny Nelson, Ethan Dunbar, Jacob ( Emily) Dunbar and Emily Dunbar.
Great Grandchildren Taylor and Parker Byo, Allison and Sidney Webber, Cohen Shryock and Knox Piper.
A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM, at The First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd. Wooster with the Rev. Arnie Kaufman presiding. Friends will be received following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the TNT Class at First Church of God, 1953 Akron Rd. Wooster, Ohio 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd. Wooster, Ohio 44691.
McIntire, Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
TNT Class at First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 AM at The First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Following the Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.