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Craig A. Nelson
June 12, 1947 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Funeral Services for Craig A. Nelson, age 76, of Battle Creek, will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 7, 2023 at St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. Reverend Joseph Leech will officiate. Interment will be in Immanuel Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Military Honors conducted by the Army National Guard Honor Guard and Battle Creek American Legion Post 75. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the church. Steffen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at the Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek.
Craig Allen was born June 12, 1947 in Tilden, Nebraska to Selmer and Deloris (Duhachek) Nelson. He was baptized on October 9, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albion and confirmed August 2, 1970 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk.
Before being drafted by the United States Army, Craig worked at Gerhold Construction. He served from 1967 until 1969 in West Germany. Upon his return from the U.S. Army, Craig worked for Affiliated Foods for the next 47 years.
On August 7, 1970, Craig married Carole Rautenberg at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The couple was blessed with two sons, Rodney and Brian.
Craig enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved watching his grandchildren. Craig liked going to car shows and antique stores.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, and great grandpa.
Craig was preceded in death by his wife, Carole, parents, brother, sister, and in-laws.
He is survived by his sons Rodney (Kim) Nelson of Norfolk, and Brian (Angela) Nelson of Bellwood, five grandchildren Brandon, Caitlyn, Alyssa, Abby, and Colby, great grandchildren Kynsley and Warren, and niece Connie Jensen.