Memorial services to celebrate the life of Eric T. Nelson, 54, of Davenport, will be 11:00AM, Monday, September 16, 2019 at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. Visitation will be Monday at the funeral home from 10:00AM until the service time. Inurnment will be at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. A memorial service in Saginaw will take place on October 7. Memorial gifts may be made to the Saginaw Historical Society. Eric passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf surrounded by his family.
Eric Thelander Nelson was born on July 31, 1965 in Saginaw, Michigan, a son of Dr. Robert E. and Jessie (Huthwaite) Nelson. He was graduated from the Gow School in New York where he excelled in lacrosse. He attended Landmark College earning an associate degree in 1987, and then the Gemological Institute of America, California graduating in 1994. He was united in marriage to Mary C. Ceja on November 21, 1992 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Michigan.
Eric had worked for Dow Chemical, Midland, Michigan and LogCon Group, a logistics consulting firm in Davenport until 2014. He also worked for Waterford Family Medicine until 2018.
Eric had a great sense of history and patriotism and was a member of SAR (Son’s of American Revolution). He enjoyed being part of the Saginaw Historical Society, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, and placing flags on the graves of military personnel at the Rock Island National Cemetery for Memorial Day. He was extremely proud of his nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. Eric also enjoyed golf, keeping his yard pristine, coin collecting, and had a spiritual relationship with numbers that allowed him to dominate Yahtzee and a few lottery games.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary, Davenport; father, Dr. Robert Nelson, Saginaw, Michigan, siblings: Erin (Paul) Ricciuti, Davenport and David (Melinda) Nelson, Maputo, Mozambique, a brother-in-law, Jeffery Ceja, Saginaw, Michigan; nieces and nephews: Jordan (Will) Coutret, Remi Ricciuti, Ryan (Celina) Ceja, Morgan (Kory) Ceja, Madison Ceja, and Jeffery Ceja; step-grandmother, Motoko F. Huthwaite, Westland, Michigan, and stepmom-in-law, Marie Ceja; his feline pals: Fiona, Emma, Sophie, Gooby, and Hobbes.
He was preceded in death by his mother and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Josephine and Noel Ceja.
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