Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 3, 2013

William Brent Nelson

BELLAIRE — William Brent Nelson, 61, devoted father and loving husband, passed away on March 31, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born on Feb. 17, 1952, in Flint, to Roy and Beth (Wolf) Nelson.

Brent grew up in Grand Blanc and graduated from Grand Blanc High School. After graduation he attended Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University, where he received a degree in turf management.

Brent married Susan Marie (Finch) in 2003; they were happily married for almost 10 years.

Brent worked at Shanty Creek Resorts in several capacities since 1987, most recently as the vice president of operations.

He was a member of the Bellaire Village Council and served on many boards of directors including Grass River Natural Area, Midwest Ski Areas Association, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and Michigan Turfgrass Foundation. He was a proud member of the NRA and Chain O’Lakes Sportsman’s Club.

Brent cherished spending time with his family, especially at his property on Lake Superior, boating on one of his vintage Chris-Crafts, cheering for Michigan State (and against U of M) and endless pancake fights with the girls.

He is survived by his spouse, Susan, of Bellaire; his adoring daughters, Jennifer, Kelley, Allyson, Meghan, Elizabeth and Rebbecca; stepdaughter, Melissa Lee; and grandson, Kaiden McIntosh. Also surviving are his sister, Cheryl Ayotte, of Waterford, and her children, Scott, Amy, Eric and Heather; brother, Robert Nelson, of Spring Hill, Tenn.; cousin and best friend, Mike Hovey; cousins, Katie (Grant) Gullickson, Sue (Deb-Ann) Hovey, Pete Hovey and Aunt Eddy Hovey; many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives.

Brent was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Beth Nelson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Lakeview Hotel Grand Ball Room at Shanty Creek Resort. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m., also at Shanty Creek Resort.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chain O’Lakes Sportsman’s Club, PO Box 765, Bellaire, MI 49615.

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The Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.

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