Robert Dean Nelson was born March 1, 1939 to Virgil Ernest and Laverne Rose (Wortman) Nelson in Corning, Iowa. Robert ,age 75 years 10 months and 26 days passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 with his wife, Joleen of 54 years by his side.
Robert was raised on a farm near Carbon, Iowa and worked for Corning community schools as Transportation Director for most of his career before retiring in 1997. Robert was actively involved with the Corning Volunteer Fire Department, serving 35 years with the last 6 as Chief of the Department. Upon retirement in 1997, he enjoyed going to the farm, playing golf, fishing and continuing to drive a bus for the Corning schools. He was a member of the Corning First Presbyterian Church.
Robert is survived by his wife, Joleen; son Kurt of Omaha, Nebraska; son Joel (Lisa)of West Des Moines, Iowa ; grandchildren Zach and Tori Nelson of Omaha; Taylor, Alex and Nick of West Des Moines; sister, Bernice Lostroh of Glenwood, Iowa and sister-in-law Hazel Rubin of Windsor Heights, Iowa and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Preceding Robert in death were his parents, Virgil and Laverne; father and mother in-law, Joe and Leta Rubin; brothers-in-law: Ronald Rubin and Bill Lostroh; granddaughter, Tara Nelson and daughter -in-law, Stacie Nelson.