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“Uncle Ralph will always have a special place in my heart. I always loved listening to his stories and will never forget his infectious laugh. He...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Amy Nelson - Stevensville, MI

“As a new 9th grader in Rapid River H.S. in 1953, I transferred to Shop 1. Mr. Nelson said on my arrival, "Christoff, make me a 3" x 4" wood block...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: wayne christoff - rapid river, MI

“I have known Ralph for 40 years and enjoyed his company and spunk! What a character! He always had a unique take on everything. He will be missed! ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Gene Poor - Bowling Green, OH

“I had the privilege of having Ralph Nelson as my professor at BGSU in an Engineering Graphics class. He was such a good teacher and very kind person...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Donna Trautman - Bowling Green, OH

“I first met Ralph at Rapid River High School in Upper Michigan in the mid 50's. He was the shop teacher there. He began dating another teacher at...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Bob & Sharon Roshak - Marquette`, MI

“Uncle Ralph was always very proud of his Scandinavian heritage and enjoyed coming back and visiting the U.P. of Michigan where he grew up and lived...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Lori Nelson - Marquette, MI

“When Joyce and I arrived in BG in 1966, Ralph and Betty were o helpful in making us welcomed. Ralph and I saw the evolution of the department thru...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: G. R. Horton


Ralph B. Nelson, 88, of Bowling Green, died January 29, 2012 at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green. He was born May 28, 1923 to Henry and Hannah (Kallioinen) Nelson in Munising, MI.
Ralph worked as an Assistant Professor at BGSU in the Technology Dept. He taught drafting, design and architecture. He retired in 1985. Ralph was an apprentice at Ford Motor Co. from 1942-43 and he served in the U.S. Army until 1946. Ralph received his B.S. degree from Northern Michigan College in 1950 and his M.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1955.
He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Tontogany, OH, The Toledo Scandinavian Club, Toledo Chapter of the China, Burma, India and Veterans of WWII.
He married Betty Ann (Tostenson) August 20, 1956. She preceded him in death in 2002. He is survived by son, John (Jeanna) Nelson of Bowling Green, OH, grandson, Gunnar Nelson of Bowling Green, OH and brothers, Gordon (Deanna) Nelson of AuTrain, MI and David Nelson of Wetmore, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Ray and sister, Caroline.
Friends and family may call Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Peinert Funeral Home, Tontogany, OH. Funeral Services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be given to the Erica Montgomery Memorial Fund c/o Mark J. Montgomery at 5/3 Bank.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.peinertfuneralhome.com