William Hewitt Nelson

Alabaster Township, Michigan
June 5, 1928 - November 28, 2019

Service Location

Tawas First Presbyterian Church ~ East Tawas, Michigan


Due to COVID - 19 the services for April 25th, 2020 have been postponed until a later date. We will update as soon as a new service time has been arranged.

Obituary Notice

William “Bill” Hewitt Nelson, a resident of Alabaster Township since 1991, formerly of Bay City, passed away at the Independence Village in Midland on Thursday, November 28, 2019, age 91 years. Bill was born to William and Emma (Hewitt) Nelson on June 5, 1928. He was a graduate of Bay City Central with the class of 1947. Bill worked as a plumber, employed mostly through construction companies. Over his 35 years in the plumbing trade, Bill soon became quite knowledgeable and skilled within the trade. In 1990, he decided to step away and finally enjoy his hard-earned retirement years. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, and truly enjoyed the sports of hunting and fishing for all varieties of fish, especially trout stream fishing and trolling for big fish in the great lakes. He even acquired the knack for creating his own fly-fishing ties! Bill was quite athletic as well, competing for 20 years in an aggressive fast pitch softball league with his former school mates. In his recent years, he would look forward to playing golf with his church families. Bill was an active member of the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. Being a vital part of the church, Bill would willingly help with maintenance and lawn care. He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Bill married his wife, Audrey Jane (Reynolds) on April 14, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. Together they celebrated 68 years of marriage, until her passing on April 18, 2018. Bill is survived by his son, Michael Nelson of Bay City; daughter, Jill (Mike) Tomczak of Millersburg, Michigan; grandchildren, Justin (Suzanne) Tomczak of Port Huron, and Jeremy Tomczak (Nikki Gokee) of Harbor Springs; 5 great grandchildren, Allison, Erin, Jacob, Lily, and Liam; his sister, Edna Craves of Bay City; and many special friends. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life through a memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Tawas First Presbyterian Church in East Tawas with Reverend Kathleen Rowe officiating. His family will welcome friends for visitation on Saturday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. He will be laid to rest in the Alabaster Township Cemetery. Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial contribution are encouraged to donate to the Alzheimer's Association in his name. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Alzheimer's Association


Alabaster Township Cemetery


He will be missed on Benson Rd in Alabaster ! RIP Bill
Our sincere condolences to the family.
— Dennis Oates
Mike and Jill,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of you dad. He and your mom were friends of ours for many years. We will miss him, but we have many happy memories of our time spent together boating and doing church activities. Rest in peace dear friend.
— Shirley and Phil MacLeod
Mike and Jill,
Please accept our condolences for your father. Many fond memories growing up. May your father Rest In Peace.
— Tony & Tracy Klapish

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