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Warren Manley Nellis, Jr. went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

After complications from pneumonia brought on by a stroke, he suffered a year ago, he spent his last days at home surrounded by his family.

He was the youngest of 7 and was born in Evart, Michigan, to Warren and Beulah (McGraw) Nellis. While growing up on a farm in Coleman, Michigan, he learned the meaning of hard work, which was a character trait passed on to his children and grandchildren. His love for animals, especially horses, was also passed on. After his daughters had moved out of the house, he and his wife started a new hobby raising Targhee sheep which continues to this day. During those years, he served as President of the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association.

While in the army, he gave his life to the Lord, and serving Him then became his purpose in life. Once out of the army, he met and married the love of his life, Judith L. Woirol, on March 21, 1970, in Muskegon, Michigan. He was an entrepreneur at heart, always using it as a ministry to help others. He was active in his local church, serving in miscellaneous roles, including Awana commander, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He loved people and never met a stranger, always sharing the gospel to anyone the Lord placed in His path.

He is survived by his wife Judy of 48 years, their three daughters and son-in-laws, and 14 grandchildren. Christine and Jeff Walton, Caleb, Erin, Corban, Jason, Ellasondra, and Amilla. Jennifer and Stephen Vannest, Dillon, Emma, Alexia, and Noah. Rachel and Michael LeViere, Connor, Mackenzie, Elliana, Micah. Also survived by 3 of his older siblings, Kenneth (Inez) Nellis, Wilma Stremel, and Richard (Wanda) Nellis.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, Michigan with Pastor Dan Dickerson officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at the church from 2 pm until the time of service. Warren will be laid to rest at Midland Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Calvary Baptist Church Mission Fund or Calvary Baptist Academy Scholarship Fund.

On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Ted Coats

    09 May 2019 2 years ago

    I am blessed to have known Warren! He encouraged and challenged me and many others in the faith! It is good to know that we who truely believe will see him again. As mentioned above, Warren is blessed and in heaven! May the LORD bless you all who are his family in this time of loss and sorrow and yet joy. May He fill your inner man with peace when it is hard and lonely.
    Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5

  2. Jeff & Leslie Nevens

    22 February 2019 2 years ago

    Our deepest sympathies to the whole Nellis family. Warren was a person we really looked up to as a man of conviction and integrity. His leadership in the USTSA was a blessing for all, and will be greatly missed.

  3. Dan and Lynette Staples

    25 January 2019 2 years ago

    So sorry for your loss, but so thrilled for his gain! “Just think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven!” He will be sorely missed by many of us!

  4. Chuck and Kathy Fifelski

    24 January 2019 2 years ago

    “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5, 7. Warren had the mind of Christ. His life was all about others. He was a special friend, encourager and mentor. We will always remember his godly character and servant’s heart. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Laura Liz Lambdin

    24 January 2019 2 years ago

    A quiet man with a gentle spirit. I always appreciated him pausing to speak with me after worship services. He will be dearly missed by many in his church family. I know my Uncle Gene is one of many saints now welcoming him in Heaven. May God comfort all the grieving hearts of his beloved family and close friends.

  6. Dave and Karen Mills

    24 January 2019 2 years ago

    Sorry for your loss…hugs and prayers.

  7. Linda Winkler

    24 January 2019 2 years ago

    I’m so sorry for your, our loss. I’m so glad I was able to know such a gentle, godly man. Praying for you.

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