Nelson Hoskins

Obituary of Nelson Robert Hoskins

Nelson R. Hoskins

Nelson went home to be with his Savior on October 17, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

A time of remembrance and celebration of life will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at the Newton Church of the Way, with a visitation just an hour prior to services, 9:30 until 10:30. {Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facemasks are required.} Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home in Newton, have been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, and as an expression of sympathy, memorials may be designated to Nelson's family.

Nelson Robert Hoskins, 89, was born Oct. 9, 1931 in Madelia, MN., the oldest of ten children born to A. Frank and Charlotte Keyser Hoskins. Nelson's family was poor. He and his oldest siblings grew up during the Depression, so life was not easy. Nelson attended school until the age of 17. He quit school because "he knew all there was to know"! He worked at an optical company until while on lunch break one day, a friend suggested they go join the Navy. Nelson agreed and they joined on the spot, bribing a stranger to sign for them since they were underage. They were shipped off to training. Thus, started a 20-year career and love for the U.S. Navy. He loved serving his country and seeing the world, speaking often of the different experiences he had. He was a great patriot! He served from 1948 - 1968 in the Korean Conflict to the Viet Nam War Era. Nelson retired at the rank of Machinist Mate Chief. He was very proud of his four brothers who also served in the Navy, as well as several Brothers-in-law. Nelson and his wife, Rhonda, enjoyed attending his ship's reunions and the wonderful friendships of shipmates.

On November 26, 1960, Nelson married Carel Brewer in La Cross, WI. They were blessed with three children: Lori Hoskins {Des Moines, IA}, Randall (Catherine) Hoskins (Walford, IA), Michele Londrigan (Center Point, IA). Four grandchildren: Tyce Hoskins, Taylor Hoskins, Kyle Londrigan, and Chad Londrigan. Nelson was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly.

Nelson and his family moved to Ottumwa, IA, where he served as a Navy Recruiter. After his retirement from the Navy in 1968, Nelson worked for Iowa Southern Utilities until his retirement in 1993.

On Dec. 5,1999, Nelson married Rhonda Nikkel Sonnenberg in Pella, Iowa. Nelson inherited her children: Troy (Tracy) Sonnenberg and Kelley (Don) Vos. Six Grandchildren: Lacy (Geoff) Everly, Morgan (Andrew) Ballard, Chance Sonnenberg, Dalton (Kylea) Leeman, Makenna Stouthammer, and Kimberlyn Stouthammer. Great Grandchildren: Carson, Kynley, and Scotlynn. He loved them all as his own.

Though small in stature, Nelson had a huge personality. He had many cherished friendships and passions in life. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed studying his Bible. He had a great desire to have a close relationship with God, and always had an ongoing list of people to pray for daily. He prayed for all his children and grandchildren everyday by name.

He studied history, politics, and the military. He believed it important to be informed. Nelson loved every aspect of God's creation in nature and loved to capture that beauty through photography. He was a Licensed Master Bird Bander, and loved catching birds, examining, and banding them, recording that information for statistical use. He often presented programs for school kids, clubs, and visitor centers by Ottumwa and Pella. Nelson was a member of the National Audubon Society and his family hosted many speakers and even a Puma once.

  He and Rhonda loved to play music, and he loved Bluegrass, Gospel and Country music. Nelson taught himself to play guitar at 19 years of age while in the Navy. He became an excellent musician, giving lessons, always encouraging and helping beginner musicians. They enjoyed attending Bluegrass Festivals, playing music with friends, and providing musical entertainment.

Nelson attended the Newton Church of the Way. He was a member of American Legion Post 111 in Newton, IA, A member of the Newton Masonic Lodge, a former member of the Ottumwa Masonic Lodge where he served twice as Past Master.

   Nelson went home to be with his Savior on October 17, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.      

  Nelson is survived by his wife, Rhonda, of Newton, his two sons, three daughters, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His sisters Patty (Gene) Keck, Sally Gilbertson and friend, Bob, Judy (Doug) Carlson, and Peggy (Bill) Roeske. His four brothers, Charles (Eleanor), Eddie (Judy), Gary (Brenda), and Wes (Milena) Hoskins.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, James and Sadie Nikkel, a dear sister, Jean (Rick) Ricci, and a beloved niece, Melanie Roeske.                                                                                                                         

He and Rhonda loved to play music, and he loved Bluegrass, Gospel ,and Country music. Nelson taught himself to play guitar at 19 years of age while in the Navy. He became an excellent musician, giving lessons, always encouraging and helping beginner musicians. They enjoyed attending Bluegrass Festivals, playing music with friends, and providing musical entertainment.

Nelson attended the Newton Church of the Way. He was a member of American Legion Post 111 in Newton, IA, A member of the Newton Masonic Lodge, a former member of the Ottumwa Masonic Lodge where he served twice as Past Master.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Rhonda, of Newton, his two sons, three daughters, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His sisters Patty (Gene) Keck, Sally Gilbertson and friend, Bob, Judy (Doug) Carlson, and Peggy (Bill) Roeske. His four brothers, Charles (Eleanor), Eddie (Judy), Gary (Brenda), and Wes (Melana) Hoskins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, James and Sadie Nikkel, a dear sister, Jean (Rick) Ricci, and a beloved niece, Melanie Roeske. A Facebook Broadcast of the services for Nelson Hoskins will be 1030 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, on the Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebook page.

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Tuesday
27
October

Visitation with the family

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Newton Church Of The Way
2306 S. 3rd Avenue E.
Newton, Iowa, United States
Tuesday
27
October

Memorial Service

10:30 am
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Newton Church Of The Way
2306 S. 3rd Avenue E.
Newton, Iowa, United States

Final Resting Place

Iowa Veteran's Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, Iowa, United States
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