Neil ‘Chris’ ‘Pop’ Nelson, age 70, of Union Twp

Neil ‘Chris’ ‘Pop’ Nelson

Neil ‘Chris’ ‘Pop’ Nelson, age 70, of Union Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at home.

He was born on September 16, 1946 in Phillipsburg, NJ.  He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County.

He was the son of the late Niel Christian and Helen Elizabeth Nelson.

He attended North Hunterdon High School.  He completed Somerset County Vocational School’s Carpentry program in 1976.

Chris was a Corporal in the United States Marines, serving from 1966 to 1972.

Chris was a builder/contractor in the carpenters union local #254 in Springfield, NJ until his retirement in 2008.

Chris was an avid chess player.  He enjoyed fishing at Round Valley Reservoir and going for walks and reading at Spruce Run Reservoir.  In his younger years he loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  Years ago, he also enjoyed deer hunting, yet in recent years he was an avid horn hunter.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his daughter; Annmarie Nelson Wade and her husband Christian Wade IV of Union Twp., NJ.  Seven grandchildren; William Thomas, Chris Wade V and his fiancée Megan Wills, Duncan Wade, Jessica Wade, Nicholas Wade, Brooke Elizabeth Wade and Annelise Wade.  One brother; Rick Nelson and his wife Lynn of Hampton, NJ.  Three nephews; Ryan Nelson and his wife Stephanie, Jonathan Nelson and his wife Gabby and Cody Nelson.  One great-nephew; Chase Nelson.  Chris is also survived by his ex-wife; Kathleen Eick of PA.

Gathering of friends will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm.  Memorial Service will take place at 7pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to the VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange Campus, 385 Tremont Ave., East Orange, NJ 07018.