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Marvin George  Nelson

Marvin George Nelson
  • October 8, 1930 - February 22, 2015
  • Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Pause Lonely Road by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“Uncle Marv loved life and relished most, it seemed, his family... We will always remember the many gatherings of his extended family at holidays and...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: stacy shrader - fowlerville, MI

“The family of the late Stan Brooks, who was a longtime friend and colleague of Marv's offers our sincerest sympathy to Marv's family. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Lynn Brooks - Indian River, MI

“He will always remind me of the cottage. He was part of it for my entire life! I am not sure if the "hill" or the outside of his cottage will ever...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jody DeMeyere (Malinowski) - MI

“At the Port Austin cottage Marv took on the task of "cutting the hill". I understand he did this for many many years and "the hill" always looked...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Ken and Joann Machala - Brighton, MI

“I first met Marv when we moved in across from him and Judy in Port Austin. He came over and introduced himself to me. I thought he was flirting...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Solomon - Kinde, MI

“Sure had a lot of good times at the cottage. Marv was such a easy going fellow always ready to talk about any thling. God Bless Jerry Mierzwa ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Jerry MIERZWA - Bonita Springs, FL


Marvin G. Nelson was born on a fall day a year into the Depression, October 8, 1930, to John Elmer and Elsie (nee Kleino) Nelson. He grew up in East Detroit and graduated from East Detroit High School in 1948. Ever industrious, Marvin worked for J. L. Hudson in the stock room during high school and after graduation, as a drill press operator at Chrysler. In 1951 he joined the US Navy and was assigned to U.S.S. NIOBRARA as a signalman. He saw action during the Korean conflict.

Marvin met his wife of 62 years, Judy Cannon, at the Mount Clemens Roller Rink when both were teenagers. They were married August 30, 1951 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in East Detroit. There the couple settled and raised two daughters, Sandy and Cheryl. Marvin went to work for the Detroit News, retiring as a district manager after 40 years. Later they moved to St. Clair Shores.

Then the fun began. Marvin learned to play golf from his father-in-law and would play 8 days a week if possible. Summers were spent at the family cottage in Port Austin and winters in Florida. When he wasn't on the golf course, Marvin enjoyed playing cards, gin rummy, euchre and poker, with all his friends at Port Austin and Florida. He loved red geraniums – had to be red, not any other color. He got very good at wintering them over in the basement and planting them the following spring. A meticulous dresser, Marvin was known for the way he stored his socks, belts and caps. Most of all, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Judy, his daughters, Sandy (John) Urquhart and Cheryl (John) Maniaci; his grandchildren, Stacey (Kevin) Daniels, Bradley and Scott Urquhart, Peter, John and Gabriella Maniaci; two great-grandchildren, Addison and Mason Daniels and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Roy E. Nelson.