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.
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