Phone: (906) 786-2142
400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Francis L. "Frank" Nelson Jr.
Date of Death: March, 20 2021

          Francis L. "Frank" Nelson Jr., 71, Escanaba (Ford River area), passed away on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He was born in Escanaba, son of the late Francis and Eunice (Stoffel) Nelson Sr.
          Frank honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For over 50 years Frank was known in this area as the "well driller".  Loyal and available to his customers throughout the year, everyday was a work day for Frank. He also collected Juke Boxes, tinkering with them until their music played. He also loved the river, every summer he enjoyed his ten grandkids playing in and around the river, in fall he watched his many deer safe from hunters, winter he kept driveways plowed for neighbors and kept the wild animals fed. Frank will be remembered as a very hard worker and a loving family man to all who knew him.
          He is survived by two children: Maggie (Alan Pawlik) Nelson and Adam (Joe) Nelson, a sister: Faye Mortensen, a brother: Allen Nelson, ten grandchildren that referred to him as "Grampi": Ozzy, Sarah, Amy, Frankie, Toby, Charley, Marie, Dorie, Henry and Tracie, as well as nieces and nephews.
          Frank was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter: Tracy Nelson, a grandson: Michael and a brother: Mike Nelson.
          A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday March 26, 2021 at St. Anne's church with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Nelson family.
          Please visit to send online condolences to his family.

  • "Nelson Family, Thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Frank was a wonderful man helpful to all. It was wonderful priend & neighbor. We will truly miss him."
    -Lisa Menard

  • "We were so saddened to read of Frankโ€™s passing...He was a wonderful Man. Drilled our well for us and anytime we needed him he was there. Would sit and have coffee with us and visit. He will truly be missed by us and so many others. Had good laughs with him. Our sympathies to all of his family.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™"
    -Sam and Sandy Johnson

  • "So sad to hear about Frank. So many fond memories of Mike and Frankie and Al, as well as mom and dad. He drilled the well for my camp. If he said he would be there at 6, you better be ready for him at 5:30!! Rest In Peace, good friend."
    -Dick LaValley

  • "So sorry to hear about Frankie! He truly was the perfect example of a caring neighbor! He was always there to help whenever needed. He will be missed by many. He has been a good friend for all our lives and he and all his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom, Carol and Olga"
    -Carol Dunleavy

  • "Frankie was a friend of my dads and I met him a few times. He was such a wonderful person and helped my grandparents and aunt that both lived near him. May he Rest In Peace. "
    -Kristen LaValley

  • "We first met Frank six years ago when the cabin we were renting had a well-pump issue. He immediately came over, in the middle of the winter, on a weekend, to work diligently until the tricky issue was resolved. He came in for coffee, and to get warm. He and the cabin owner talked and laughed for a long time. His sense of humor was delightful. Four years ago, we chose Frank to drill the well for our new home. He had a gift of knowing the area, where the water was, how deep, and he took excellent care of his customers. He also had a great love for his home township and participated in many meetings. Frank was a wonderful man, and we were blessed to have known him. Our sincere sympathies go out to his family. Frank will be very much missed by many. "
    -Kathie Scott

  • "I will miss you my Dear Cousin and friend. I have never known any one like you. You above anyone I have ever known have walked the path of a pure soul. Honest -'caring ,- Sharing.- loving went out of your way to help people. When ever I saw you out and about their was always someone waiting to talk to you. You were as close to being a true Christen as anyone I know .Sore with the angels my Dear cousin. When I think of you I will whisper your name in my heart."
    -Linda Whipple

  • "This guy by far is one of the greatest men I've been blessed to be around growing up,he led with a strong fist and a kind heart,I hope to be half the man he was,I sure am going to miss ya Ol friend. My thoughts and prayers to everyone."
    -Mike Trombley

  • "Frank drilled my well & helped with a minor issue. He was very knowledgeable in his field. The first time I met him, he seemed like a longtime friend. We joked a lot. Such a good guy. Bless him & his family. "
    -Warren Bovin

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