Virgil J. Nelson

Birth Date: 
Thursday, August 19, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Memorial Contributions: 

TNT Class at First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691


Following the Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 AM at The First Church of God, 1953 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691


Mary and family : It is so hard to lose a loved one ,however your family realizes in this case it is a blessing.Lynn and I send our deepest sympathy. GOD bless and prayers for your family.

Jim and Vicki,

We are so sorry to learn of your father's passing. While we have not had the privilege of knowing him personally, it is certainly evident that he led a very fulfilling life and raised wonderful family - as evidenced by the two of you. He must have been a very important person in your lives and the lives of your children. I am sure he will be missed by your entire family.

Sorry to hear of Virgil's passing. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Donna, Dick and Rick McCoy

Vicki & Family --- Sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish the memories.

One of the great memories I have from my early days at The Daily Record was talking with Virgil. He was always on the go, but would find time to tell a story, tell a joke or just kid with me.
For years, his office was right next to the sports department, and as talented as his children were in tennis, he never pushed for us to do stories on them. He was very humble.
Sorry to see another one of the old guard to pass on.
My condolences.

To the Nelson Family, Virgil was in my life from the time I was small walking around the composing room at the "Record"..always smiling, gave my Dad a chance to stay with his family when Virgil enlisted during WWII. And of course McDonald Street. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I remember Virgil as president of Parkview PTA and as my baseball coach. My sympathy to the Nelson family on his passing.

My sympathy to all of the Nelson family. I have many good memories of working at the restaurant and especially of Virgil's sense of humor and ability to make people smile. My prayers are with you.

I'm so sorry to hear of Virgil's passing. I worked with Virgil at the Daily Record. He was a gentle man with a great smile and sly sense of humor. He also was very proud of his children and would talk freely of their many accomplishments.
Please know that you have my deepest sympathy in your loss.

Virgil was my first boss at The Daily Record way back in 1972, when I was young and dumb, and took the head photographers job ... after Bill Swartz joined the Army. Virgil had to be tough on me at times, because early mornings were not my best times, but I always enjoyed working with him. Later, after he had retired, I got to see him occasionally at the restaurant. He will be missed by many people. Your entire family has my sympathy.

So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.

I know where Uncle Virgil is and I am happy for him.. But I do know everyone else here on Earth will miss him.. He was a blessing for his Family and I know Aunt Mary and the Children will miss him lots.. But the Lord was ready for one of his own to come home.. We shall see him again. Our Memories will keep him in our Hearts!!!

Sorry this is late. I have thought of you often and had you in my prayers. "B.B."

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