Goshen News, Goshen, IN


October 10, 2012

Robert W. Nilsen

April 30, 1935-Sept. 29, 2012

ELKHART — Robert W. “Bob” Nilsen, 77, passed away surrounded by his family Sept. 29 at Greenleaf Living Center.

Bob was born April 30, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to Einor and Gunvor Nilsen. His parents preceded him in death.

His wife, Chris Nilsen; sister, Evelyn (Leonard) Bolinder; and sons, Rob (Elisa) Nilsen, John Nilsen and Michael Nilsen; and their mother, Royann (Stan) Cross, survive him. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Lindsay Nilsen; stepsons, Martin (Jacqueline) Messick, Matthew (Cynthia) Messick and Michael (Cheryl) Messick; and stepgrandchildren, Zachary, Rosemary, Anna, Ashleigh and J.T. Messick.

Bob was a life member of the Elks and Christiana Creek Country Club. He was a member of Unity Church of Peace and served in the United States Army. He graduated from Valparaiso University and spent his life in sales, including Allstate Insurance Company, Richardson Mobile Homes and Hoosier Distributing.

Please join with his family and friends Sunday at 4 p.m. to celebrate the life of Bob Nilsen at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. The Rev. Sandy Vanik will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. The afternoon service will conclude with the folding and presentation of the United States flag and playing of “Taps.”

In keeping with Bob’s request, cremation has taken place at Altera Cremation Services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Unity Church of Peace or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To share a memory of Bob or send a condolence to his family, visit www.billingsfuneralhome.


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