Obituaries: Robert Michael Nelson


December 11, 2020

Robert Michael Nelson passed away Nov. 28, 2020, at the age of 53 in St. Charles, Missouri. The world lost a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, and friend.

Rob was born March 15, 1967 in Duluth to Michael Edwin and Barbara Ann Nelson. The eldest of three, he grew up in his father's footsteps, developing an affinity for the lake, hunting, and golf. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth - a great school on a great lake, as he would always remind you - and began working in sales shortly thereafter.

While Rob moved to St. Louis to pursue his career and raise his family, his heart was always with Minnesota, cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and UMD Bulldogs. Rob remained a loyal fan, no matter what. He cherished summers on Leech Lake with boat rides, fishing, rounds of golf, and plenty of laughs around the bonfire with the entire family.

Rob is survived by his mother, Barbara Nelson; his daughters, Ashley and Stephanie (Jared) Nelson; his son, Michael Nelson; his sister, Janine (Shane) Morrison; his brother, Alan (Melissa) Nelson; his nephews, Brett Morrison and Jack Nelson; his nieces, Rachel Morrison, and Josie and Sophie Nelson; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Michael Nelson.

Due to pandemic restrictions, a service and burial for Rob will be held in Cloquet at a future date. To leave an online condolence, please visit the guestbook at

Pine Knot News, Dec. 11, 2020


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