Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rodney 'Ozzie' L. Nelsen

Rodney “Ozzie” L. Nelsen, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Becker Shoop Center.  He was born in Racine on September 6, 1928, son of the late Alfred and Myrtle Nielsen.

On March 13, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sandra L. Falkner.  Ozzie was employed at Hamilton Beach for twenty-one years, last working at Silver Steel, retiring in 1985.  He was a member of the Racing Pigeon Club and enjoyed dogs.   More than anything, he enjoyed chasing his grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors  include his loving wife of forty-nine years, Sandra; his seven children, Margie Nelsen of Racine, Judy (Joseph) Foss of Sturtevant, Michael (Ermelinda) Nelsen, Jessica (Michael) Cranley, Daniel (Kelly) Nelsen, Peter Nelsen, all of Racine, Robert (Amanda) Nelsen of Lansing, MI; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Nelson of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Geraldine Nelsen, Anna May Wottlin, Betty Lou Matterer; brother, Alfred Nelsen Jr.; his adopted Sears family, Ruth, Alice, Millie and Louie.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Christopher Koenig officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home, on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Private entombment will be held at Graceland Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Tammy and the staff of Becker Shoop Center and to Paula and Terry of Allay Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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