- February 13, 1927 - January 30, 2017
- Battle Creek, Michigan
of LG's Passing
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2211 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
Franklin Food Pantry c/o Battle Crek Community Foundation
34 W. Jackson St. Suite #1
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Humane Society of South Central Michigan
2500 Watkins Road
Battle Creek, MI 49015-8609
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LG Theodore Nelson, Jr., age 89, of Battle Creek left this world to be with his Lord on Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017. LG was born in Battle Creek at the Old Nichols Hospital on February 13, 1927, the loving son of LG and Leota (Lambert) Nelson and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. LG served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. He attended the University of Illinois, Michigan State University and the American College of Life Underwriters. LG retired in 1998 after more than 35 years in the Insurance industry.
LG married the "Love of his Life", Betty L. Wertz at the First United
Methodist Church of Battle Creek on November 28, 1948; she survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Paula K. Nelson of Minnesota; and three grandchildren, Casey Nelson of Battle Creek, Samantha (Wes) Thayer of Minnesota and Jonathan Drogue of Minnesota. LG was sadly preceded in death by his son, Daniel W. Nelson on May 25, 2016.
LG was an active member and greeter at the First United Methodist Church. He was also a 60+ year member of Bedford Lodge # 207, the Scottish Rite, the Saladin Shrine Temple and the Battle Creek Shrine Club, where he was also a member of the Mini-T Patrol. LG was a dedicated "Hospital Dad" and made more than 60 trips with children to the Shrine Hospitals for Children in Chicago and Cincinnati. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music, watching all sports, and had a great love for all animals.
The family will receive friends 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek where a memorial service to celebrate LG's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. The family will continue the celebration with a light luncheon at the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Shrine Hospitals for Children – Chicago, the Franklin Neighborhood Food Pantry, or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.