Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson


November 12, 1941 - July 2, 2022


Robert “Gus” Nelson, 80, of Letcher, SD, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 6, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Restlawn Memorial Garden in Huron. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday, July 5, at Holy Spirit. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Robert Nelson was born November 12, 1941, to Cliff and Ellen (Ohlson) Nelson in Mitchell, SD. Gus grew up in Forestburg along with his brother Doug.

On June 10, 1961, Gus married the love of his life, Joanne Moody. They were married for 61 years, and together raised their four children, Rick, Wendi, Sue, and Teresa.

Gus’s life touched so many lives. From coaching softball, leading 4-H Horse, and many other youth projects, whether it be shooting sports or coaching girls or boys ball.  He was a board member of the Sanborn Weed, Union Township, FSA, Elevator Board, and president of the 4-H Leaders Association. The highlight of his accomplishment was being elected into the 4-H Hall of Fame and receiving the Heatland Saddle Award in 2015. Gus was guided by the love of his family, faith, his passion for the 4-H Horse project, and hunting with family and friends.

Gus is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Rick (Linda) Nelson of Marion, Wendi (Chuck) Peer of Artesian, Sue (Bob) Severson of Garretson, and Teresa (Chuck) Wilson of Benson, MN; nine grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Faye Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and grandson, Ryley Peer.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, July 6, 2022
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Restlawn Memorial Cemetery
Huron, SD

Posted by Karen Bobbitt on July 18, 2022
Joanne and family, so sorry to hear about Gus's passing. Praying for the family to find comfort in remembering he is able to get around with out pain!🕊️🐎💜🙏🏼
Posted by Larry & Keitha Neuharth on July 8, 2022
We just heard about Gus. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on July 6, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss Gus was such a fun guy. I have great memories. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Bob Marler on July 6, 2022
Sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Gus.
Posted by Jani Stanczyk on July 6, 2022
Joanne and Family - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your happy memories bring you peace and comfort.
Posted by Barbie Becker on July 5, 2022
My thoughts and prayers got out to Joanne, Rick, Wendi, Susie, Teresa, and all their families. Gus was a great 4-H Leader and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. Hugs and Prayers. Barbie
Posted by John and Gayle Bechen on July 5, 2022
Oh my Gosh! I forgot to mention Sue and Bob and family, again our deepest condolences
Posted by Cheryl & Roger on July 4, 2022
So sorry for your loss- My happy memories of Gus are softball games in the Winnebago- oh what fun!! Trips to Black Hills and our State Fair days!!(camping side by side) He was a great 4-H leader and helped my kids with horse every Sunday night during the start of summer. Rest In Peace Gus! 🙏❤️
Posted by John and Gayle Bechen on July 4, 2022
Our sincere condolences to Joanne, Rick, Wendi, and Teresa and their families.
Gus was a super, mentor, friend, and neighbor. He always had a smile on his face and a soft spoken story to tell...he will be missed. Rest in peace.
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