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Robert Fredrick Nelson

Robert Fredrick Nelson died peacefully at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital on Friday, May 25, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends in the days before his passing.

Bob was born in Denver on Feb. 7, 1947, to Pearl and Ernest Nelson. He attended George Washington High School and graduated from the University of Colorado. He moved to Aspen in 1974 to work for Pitkin County as an environmental health officer until 1993, when he opened Nelson Environmental and Wastewater Solutions. In the ’80s, he coached a girls softball team, and was a member of the Aspen State Teachers College faculty.

He met his wife, Debe, while working for Pitkin County, and they married in 1982. They lived in Snowmass Village for the last 22 years. Bob and Debe shared a strong marriage as partners and best friends. They enjoyed golfing, skiing, fly-fishing and traveling with family and friends.

Bob fought his illness with courage and determination, with his wife and dog, Dr. Watson, by his side. His strength and optimism were an inspiration, and his memory will be cherished by all. He will be truly missed.

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Bob is survived by his wife; his mother, Pearl Nelson; sister, Joyce Tucker, brother-in-law, Tom Tucker, and niece, Lisa Tucker, all of Green Bay, Wis.

Dr. Edward Arenson and many others from the Colorado Neurological Institute helped Bob survive his brain tumor and initial recovery from leukemia; Pathfinders is a local cancer survivor group that provided Bob with support during his illness. Both foundations were important to Bob’s physical and mental well-being. In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Colorado Neurological Institute, 701 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 330, Denver, CO 80113-9890; or Pathfinders c/o Aspen Valley Hospital, 401 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611.


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