In loving memory of

Robert Nelson
September 13, 1948 - October 14, 2020

Robert D. Nelson, 72, of Kasson, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at The Mayo Clinic, St. Marys campus.

Bob was born September 13, 1948 in Rochester to Howard and Fern (Frost) Nelson. He was a graduate of Kasson Mantorville High School and went on to become a certified painter. On April 22, 1967 at Byron Methodist Church, Bob married Loah King. He owned and operated Bob Nelson Painting. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending Kasson Mantorville High School sporting events. He was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and loved to watch stock car races along with NASCAR. Bob was a deacon and very active member at First Baptist Church of Kasson. He was a strong man of faith, and God's servant, always visiting and helping those in need. Bob was a dependable and a honest man. Along with his painting business, Bob also loved working on his hobby farm. Above all, Bob loved his family.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Loah Nelson; daughters, Rebel (Max) Gregor of Yakima, WA, Hollee (Matt) Grant of Byron; seven grandchildren, Drew, Derrik, Ryan, Nate, Alysha and Elli and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Carson. Bob is also survived by his sister, Donna Hardiman; brother, Richard (Mary) Nelson and sister-in-law, Joan Nelson. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Jim and by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Kasson, 304 4th St., Kasson, MN with Rev. John Todor officiating. Visitation will be held 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Douglas, MN.

Due to Covid-19, masks will be required at the visitation and service. Social distancing will be observed. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Nelson family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Kris Mienert wrote on Oct 19, 2020:

"On behalf of the Mienert family, we send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a great friend and neighbor who was such a caring and gracious man. He will be dearly missed. "

Jane and Mark Theros wrote on Oct 18, 2020:

"To all the Nelson family, our deepest sympathy and condolences to you on the passing of Bob, our friend and hunting buddy for many years. Because of COVID-19, we must keep our distance. We wish we could hug and mingle but instead send our love and sorrow from afar, for now. God bless all of you, Jane and Mark Theros and family"

Donna J. Hardiman wrote on Oct 18, 2020:

"It has not yet been one week but I think the tears, prayers and more, make up for years of sadness thinking of this wonderful (and sometimes exasperating) brother and family member, Bob Nelson. I am so happy that there were so many many weeks spent here in the Grand Strand with he and Loah. Love , thoughts and prayers to you all. Going to get the Grampa Frost Marble Board and stuff down to give to Ben and his children. Often think of Bob laughing about how Ben said, "Boy, are you stupid" when Bob was playing electronic game with him. We all miss you Bob. You are in Heaven enjoying the company of beloved family members as well as basking in the love and compassion of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. Every question you never had answered are right there for your vision now. I love and miss you."

Eric Teed wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many great memories of working for him. I learned many skills from Bob that have benefited me the past 30 plus years. I still use a number of quotes of his. He always demanded it be done right something I carry with me. It was good to catch up with him at Brian's auction. He will be missed, may God give you comfort knowing you will see him again. Deepest condolences, Eric Teed"

Kay Bishop wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"My very dear Friends, My heart hurts for you today as you grieve the loss of such a kind, helpful and caring man. He was with Chuck and me numerous times last year in the hospital and the hospice, and brought his great smile and friendship to help lift us up. He meant so much to both of us! I am sure the two of them have found each other in their heavenly Home by now. I hope to share more with you about his enthusiasm and help to me during Vacation Bible School. He was indispensable to our endeavors to reach children for Christ and I see him as a devoted servant of the Lord. Sending my love and prayers to you, Kay Bishop "

Jamie Douglas wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"I will never forget the times I shared with Bob and Loah, from playing marbles, to trying Culver?s for the first time, or just simply enjoying each other?s company. I have never seen two people more in love than Bob and Loah. My condolences and prayers are with his family. Love to you all. "

Richard Brekke wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss. Worked with Bob for years at Sherwin Williams. Good man. RIP"

Kevin Morris wrote on Oct 15, 2020:

"Bob is one of the best person I have had the opportunity and privilege to meet, know and call a brother In law. Bob I will miss you dearly and know that I will help Loah with anything to help during this difficult time. You are respected and loved by so many. "

Donna J. Hardiman wrote on Oct 15, 2020:

"I love and miss you Bob. "