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Nelson Joseph Major

January 1, 1937 ~ June 7, 2021 (age 84)

Obituary

Nelson J. Major, age 84 of Kalamazoo, died at home surrounded by his loved ones on June 7, 2021. He was born on January 1, 1937, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Nelson and Katherine (Ross) Major. He worked as a chemist at Upjohn Company for 34 years, until his retirement. On December 15, 1960, he married his dearly loved Luella Rose Meeth, who preceded him in death in 2015. Nelson loved sports and was a Detroit Lions fan. He was a natural athlete and excelled on the fast pitch softball team at Upjohn. Nelson was generous with his time and friendship. Many will remember him for his compassion and humble actions. His family includes his children: Michelle (Terry) Finafrock, Matthew (Mary) Major, Mark (Sondra) Major, and Mary Ellen (Bill) DeYoung; his grandchildren: R.J (Rachelle) Finafrock, Jeff Finafrock, Mark DeYoung, Chris DeYoung, Michael Major, Sarah Major, and Nolan Major; his brother Marshall (Jan) Major; and many nieces and nephews. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, his brothers James and Marvin Major, and his best friend Gene Toornman. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, June 9th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S. 9th Street, Kalamazoo. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 10th at 1:00 PM at the funeral home, with Reverend William DeYoung officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nelson to Hospice of SW Michigan or a Charity of your choice. Please visit Nelson's webpage to sign his online guest book or to leave a condolence at https://www.langelands.com

Services

Visitation
Wednesday
June 9, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Westside Chapel
3926 S 9th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 10, 2021

1:00 PM
Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Westside Chapel
3926 S 9th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Graveside Service
Thursday
June 10, 2021

2:15 PM
Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South
3941 South Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Donations

Hospice of Southwest Michigan

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