Walter T. Nelson, Jr. "Pete", age 87 of Traverse City, went to be with his Lord & Savior, December 9, 2012. Walter was born June 29, 1925 in Chattanooga, Tennessee the son of, Walter T. & Georgia M. Nelson. Pete was a proud Navy Veteran. He was stationed in TC, where he met the love of his life Helen M. Bright. They were married July 14, 1945 in Traverse City. Pete loved to hunt, fish and shoot snakes. He had a wicked sense of humor, often quick with a come back. He was fiercely protective over his family, gracious, kind hearted, generous. Pete had a great love of music and his voice reflected that every time he sang. He was a proud member of several quartets and loved to sing at church with his children. Life time member of the First Church of Nazarene in Traverse City.
Beloved Husband of the late Helen M., sharing over 65 years together
Loving Father of: Debbra (Thomas) Steffes
Ricky (Lee) Nelson
The late Thomas E. (Judy Guss) Nelson
Proud Grandfather of: Tom Nelson Jr. (Lorrie)
James (Beth) Nelson
Paul (Jamie) Steffes
Amy (Jon) Hill
Amber (Brian) Schwalm
Greg and Nate Chess
Great Grandfather of: Macy, Andru, Caleb, Iris, McClellan, Nicole and Lizzy.
Special Grandpa and Great Grandpa to: Josh, Jenny, Brenna, Lillian, Nora and Finn Sheehan
Brother of: Sam (the late Christine), Joel (Martha), Ruth (Van) Riggs, Cleta (Walter) Witt
Predeceased by siblings: Gene, Mildred, Francis, Juanita and Naomi
Also survived by many nieces and nephews; beloved dog Chloe.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Tobin Fraser, Hospice of Michigan and the staff at French Manor. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene in Traverse City, with visitation one hour prior. Family will receive friends Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Please share memories with the family at www. Covellfuneralhomes.com. Memorial Contributions would be greatly appreciated to Hospice of Michigan, Grand Traverse County Meals on Wheels or Commision on Aging.