Nelson Gilbert Tassell, 70, of Newcomerstown, formerly of Ypsilanti, Mich., passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown.

Nelson was born in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 1, 1940, a son of the late Harold Nelson and Evelyn Esther Adams Tassell. While living in Michigan, Nelson and his wife, June, served as youth ministers of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ypsilanti. He was employed at L&W Company, Ann Arbor, Mich., for several years.

In the Newcomerstown area, Nelson was a member of the First Baptist Church, Newcomerstown. He retired in 2003 as a press operator from 31, Inc. after 10 years of employment. Nelson also held several factory positions and manual labor jobs in the Newcomerstown area. He was also employed at Everhart's Salvage for a few years.

He enjoyed landscaping, fishing, and working on jigsaw puzzles. Nelson also made swing sets out of popsicle sticks and gave them to many of his friends.

In addition to his parents, Nelson was preceded in death by his wife, June Ranger Hadley Tassell, Newcomerstown, who died in 2005. Nelson and June were married Nov. 15, 1969. Also deceased are a son, Nelson Gilbert Tassell, Jr., Newcomerstown, who died in 2010; and a brother, Gordon James Tassell, Soap Lake Wash.

Nelson is survived by his son, Cody A. Hadley, Newcomerstown; two stepdaughters, Glenda Hadley and Tammy Hadley, both of Ypsilanti, Mich., and a step-granddaughter, Ashley Carr, Newcomerstown; three sisters, Carol Lee Van Gelder, Rosamond, Calif., Brenda Lee and husband John Nemila, California, and Theresa Louise Lee, Minnesota; two brothers, Daniel Doerr Tassell, Soap Lake, Wash., and Ronald Lee and wife Margaret Patterson, St. George, Utah; a sister-in-law, Renee Tassell, Soap Lake, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Nelson's requests, his remains have been cremated.

Memorial services were Saturday, July 9, 2011, in the First Baptist Church, Newcomerstown. Pastor Tom Barber officiated.

The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family with arrangements.