Robert Joseph Nelson

Robert Joseph Nelson, 72, a resident of Pearland, TX passed away November 23, 2023. He was born July 17, 1951 in La Marque, TX. Raised in Santa Fe, Texas, he volunteered at the Alta Loma Fire Department, now known as Santa Fe Fire and Rescue Station # 1. Robert invested his entire career in the grocery business. He begin his career at Minimax and went on to manage Holiday Foods He worked for 27 years at Fiesta Mart and 3 years with Foodtown.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Gussie Nelson; sister, Elizabeth Nelson; Brother-in-Law Nick Garcia.
Robert leaves behind his wife, Juanita Nelson; Son Gilbert Cortez and wife Crystal Cortez; Son Ralph Cadriel IV and Wife Ginny Cadriel; Daughter, Natasha Diepraam and husband Kurt Diepraam; Daughter, Cecilia Forero and husband Heliot Forero; Son, Matthew Nelson and wife Kristen Nelson; His grandchildren: Landen, Kyran, Alena, Cheyenne, Nicholas, Christopher, Beckett, Tanner, Heliana, Madilynn, Aida and Emma. His sisters: Bert Chesshir; Brenda Nelson; and brother, William Nelson.
There will be a visitation Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a service to begin at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Crowder Funeral Home, 2422 E. Broadway St. Pearland, TX 77581.


  1. Our hearts are broken and our lives will always have a missing part where you belonged. You gave us the most precious gifts of grandchildren and your personality was bigger than life . (REMEMBER THE NIGHT AT THE ALAMO 🤣) you held your family in the highest esteem . You never met a stranger and so many loved you.Bobby,( yes Bobby is how we were introduced to you) you were always a great son in law and in the last 40 years have never had a cross word you were like a son. We have so many great memories to share with your children and grandchildren and you will always be a part of their lives as we all keep your memory alive,now with all of this being said don’t think for a minute I am making you out to be an ANGEL because that you were not at least here on earth but now,fly high our angel you earned it ❤️

    Jim & Jo
  2. A friend for many years.I went to school, played baseball, played in the fire business and worked for him at Tombrella’s Minimax where he got his start…my heart is very heavy,prayers and good wishes to Bobby and his family …RIP Bob Nelson

    A Cargile DAGO
  3. Robert will be greatly missed by everyone that ever had the honor of knowing him. He has left a great legacy behind with his amazing children and grandchildren. May God cover his family and friends. I know you’ll be watching over us and that gives me lots of comfort. No goodbyes… just a bye for now brother in law, love you!

    Gracie Santos
  4. Robert was a special person a true “grocery man “ hard worker that loved taking care of his customers and his employees also was a true friend and a great husband and father , he always said yes I can do it ..never said no .. he will be missed, God bless ,Mitch -FIesta

    Mitch willis
  5. His smile and laughter will never be forgotten. My heart goes out and may God be of comfort to you. Prayers and condolences to the family.

    Michelle Mac
  6. My first Boss when I worked for him at Minimax, great guy, so sad to hear.
    RIP Bobby

    Rocky Walker
    • He was my first boss too. Really great guy, like his brother Bill and sister Linda.

      Cynthia Ann Keenan
  7. I had the pleasure of working under the supervision of Robert Nelson at the Fiesta #12 on Lyons/Shotwell! Great guy, great personality, hard worker! He will be truly missed! So glad we stayed in touch after l retired! Praying for comfort for the family!
    Joseph Shelvin
    Carole Shelvin

    Joseph Shelbin
  8. There are no words that can take the sorrow away from your family.
    Rest in peace. My heart hurts for all of you.

    Darlene Gates
    • Bob,
      I used to have” friends in low places”.. But now I know, I have a friend in high places.
      Till we meet again.

      Gary & Karin Diepraam
  9. So sorry for all of you. I know the loss is hard. My prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.

    Darlene Gates
  10. Our condolences to the Nelson family. I know he will be sadly missed.

    The Harry Click Family
  11. Dear Nelson Family,

    I extend my deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. May you find strength and support in each other as you navigate through the challenges of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Courtney and Estella Jefferson

    Courtney Jefferson
  12. For roughly twenty years Bobby worked with our family in Santa Fe. We have many, many fond memories of working and laughing along side him. We considered him to be family and are convinced he felt the same toward us. Our condolences to his entire family. We all grieve the loss of a very special person.

    Joe Kelly Tombrella, Eddie Tombrella, Robert Tombrella, Jim Burnam and
    all the Tombrella family

    Robert Tombrella
  13. My sincere condolences to Robert’s family. Robert was a friend at Fiesta Mart for many years. I had the pleasure of working with Robert for a year until I retired. We had many good conversations that last year. Rest well my friend, until we see each other again.

    Robert Rieder
  14. Thank you my Brother for letting me know and grow with the family I shall say prayers for you and yours until then💋🙏 Deborah and Chris Sellars

    Chris Sellsrs
  15. My deepest condolences to the Nelson family…. I had the pleasure of knowing Robert for over 35 years. Working together with Robert was always a joy simply because of his character and caring for others. We will truly miss my buddy. Prayers for the entire Nelson family. Peace and God Bless.

    Joey Palacios Food Town
  16. Bernie and I have fond memories of our journey as coworkers at Fiesta Mart. We also appreciate that in some crucial moments of our life, they were there to give us that helping hand that we need. God our Lord and Savior be with the whole family today and always. Bernie and Aurora Cruz

    Aurora Cruz
  17. Served with Bobby in the fire service for several years before going to work at MiniMax and Holiday Foods with him for several years before he left to take on his own business, as things and time goes I only saw him twice in the last 40 years. I was glad for the time to visit just a couple weeks.

    Kim Stellhorn
  18. Went to school with Bobby. A super nice guy and good friend. He will be missed.

    Gene Strickland

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