John Cedric Nelson
John Cedric Nelson, 82, of Adrian, Mich., passed away in his sleep on the morning of September 22, 2013, at the Kresge Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea, Michigan. John had been fighting various issues that stemmed mostly from Diabetes and neuropathy, and wounds that had difficulty healing due to these conditions. He was the beloved husband of Marlene Nelson for almost sixty years.
John was born in Detroit, Mich., on April 24, 1931. He left high school as a young boy to join the Air Force, where he served in various locations throughout his term. Years later, the stories from his work would entertain family and friends.
John married Marlene on October 3, 1953, and originally settled in Livonia, Mich. John and Marlene were lifetime partners, and anyone would agree that John’s dry sense of humor was part of the glue that kept them a happy and engaging couple. Another important part of their marriage was the similar interest in antiques, which would eventually play a huge part in later life.
In 1953, John proudly joined the Livonia Fire Department, where he spent many years serving the community and risking his life for others; and steadily working his way to the Captains position, eventually retiring in 1978. In the early 60s, dabbling in antiques became a business, when John and Marlene opened the Village Pump in Northville, Mich., and formally continue what John would be most widely known for in his later years. In 1984, the Hitching Post opened in Tecumseh, Mich., a large antiques shop that would be the location of John’s final place of work. He loved antiques, auctions, and most of all the people that were associated with them. Most will remember John as easy to strike up a conversation, and hard to forget. It would not be fair to forget the spice that was John’s nature; his love of teasing, harassing, and troublemaking. Most friends and families will look back on these characteristics with great affection.
John is survived by his wife, Marlene, his children Ken Nelson, Lori (Nelson) Beasley and husband Jim, Eric Nelson and wife Diane, and Theresa Nelson, wife of Larry Nelson, who passed in July 2010; grandchildren Amanda Bechtold, Christopher Nelson, Julia Fraas, Andrew Nelson, Thomas and Jessica Marino, Andy Bailey, Kristina and Matthew Lothamer, Bruce Bolyard, Katherine and Johnathon Nelson; six great grandbabies; Olivia, Owen, Emily, Lilly, Spencer and Taylor Swink and a multitude of family and friends that were a great part of John’s life and will continue to share memories.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Lenawee Humane Society. John would have approved, demonstrating the love he had for his two favorite pets and armchair companions, Shitzu puppies, Tara and Lola.
Funeral services for John will be held at Anderson Funeral Home in Tecumseh, Mich., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Bob Bidwell officiating. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., also at the Anderson Funeral Home in Tecumseh. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at the beautiful Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh, Mich., with full military rites conducted by the V.F.W. Hall Slater Post No. 4187 and the Tecumseh American Legion Underwood-Orr Post No. 34.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com.