Robert W. Nielsen

Born: Thu., Mar. 31, 1927
Died: Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

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 Robert W. Nielsen, residing in Mishawaka, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. He was 91 years old. He was born March 31, 1927 in Chicago, IL, son of Edward & Mabel (Winge) Nielsen. On August 14, 1948 in South Bend, Robert was united in marriage to Phyllis E. Hertel. They have enjoyed over 70 years of marriage together. Along with his wife Phyllis, he is survived by his three sons and one daughter, Andrew Nielsen (Elizabeth) of Osceola; Peter Nielsen of Walkerton; Gregory Nielsen (Diana) of Plymouth; Cheryl Nellis (Steven) of Mishawaka; his eight grandchildren Jason Nielsen, Fayette Flournoy (Matthew), Adam Nielsen, Andrea Nielsen, Sarah McCallum (Jim), Kaitlin Nielsen, Cortney Nellis, and Melanie Nellis; and his eight great grandchildren Graycie, Jossie, Daisy, Mieke, Bennett, Gavin, Hazlea, and Mia. Robert was a graduate of John Adams High School and then went to continue his education and graduate at Western Michigan College. He served three years in the Army during World War II. He worked for Associates whom he was an Auditor for, Indiana Association of Credit Management where he was an Officer and Manager, V.P. and Controller of American Homes,as well as V.P. and Controller of Hass Wholesale Inc. He also belonged to Studebaker and Bendix Chorus, Elks Chorus, Zion UCC Church Choir, and Michiana Male Chorus totaling 50 years. Along with everything else that he accomplished he also belonged to the Elks Club where he was a lifetime member, UCT where he served many offices, Zion UCC where he was a lifetime member as well and served on and chaired many Boards and Committees. Robert loved his Family and Life very much. He loved reading books and his music. He also loved trains and his personal train collection. He enjoyed going on vacation with his Family. His favorite spot was sitting by the creek in Gatlinburg, TN. Private Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V., 1620 E. 83rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240, or to Zion United Church of Christ, 715 E. Wayne Street, South Bend, IN, 46617. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organizations:

1620 E. 83rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Zion United Church of Christ
715 E. Wayne St. South Bend, 46617

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dmitri and carol toul
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
it is with shock and sorrow that we see bob's name in the obituary. it was always a pleasure to see him and his family at sam's. we enjoyed talking to him and the family always. may God grant you all His peace and comfort during this painful time. but it was good to know he led a full and long life deeply loves by his family. you are in our thoughts as we think upon this good and kind man...…………………..Dmitri and carol

Anthony Mattucci
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
While working at Stanz, I always enjoyed seeing Bob when visiting the Deli and Giftshop at Memorial Hospital. I always will remember how much he and Phyllis seemed to love and respect each other. I am sorry about your loss.

Michael L. Sondergard
   Posted Mon September 10, 2018
So sad to hear the news. God bless everybody in the Nielsen family, especially Phyllis. I knew Mr. Nielsen when I was young . . . VERY young. He always treated me great. I remember him as a big man, and I was more than a little intimidated by his physical presence. It's so wonderful to hear that he made it to the age of 91. My father, a mere two months older than Mr. Nielsen, made it to age 86. I miss everybody in the Nielsen family. What a good man.

   Posted Mon September 10, 2018
We send our condolences to Phyllis and all the family. Bob will be sadly missed at all of the family gatherings.