Nelson Edwin Ockerbloom

August 18, 2019 West Grove, PA A Supportive Husband and Father Who Deeply Loved His Family

Nelson Edwin Ockerbloom, age 87, of West Grove, PA, passed away on August, 18, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Adelia Emily (Lather) Ockerbloom, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Nelson was born in 1931 in Springfield, MA, to the late J. Edwin Ockerbloom and the late Anna Benedicta (Nelson) Ockerbloom.

Nelson graduated from American International College in Springfield, MA, and received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Clark University. He began his career with Sun Oil Company and was a vice president of Sun International. He went on to international consulting in the petrochemical trade. Nelson also proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Nelson had many passions throughout his life. He had an impressive green thumb and was often tending to his day lilies. He enjoyed woodworking and crafting his own furniture. Nelson built a boat with his son, John, when John was a child and later built a home in New York with the help of his family. Nelson had a deep love of animals and his dogs were very special to him. Most of all, Nelson loved his family. He was an incredibly supportive husband and father and loved his family with all of his heart.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Adelia Ockerbloom; his daughter, Linda Holland (husband Mike); his son, John Nelson Ockerbloom (wife Elaine); and his grandchildren, Justin Klunk (wife Blair), Ben Ockerbloom, Cassie Ockerbloom Taylor (husband Charles); and Christopher Ockerbloom; as well as his great-grandchildren, William Klunk and Wyatt Klunk.

Services for Nelson will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, mailing address: Office of Advancement & Alumni Affairs, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce Street, Suite 172E, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.

Message from the Family

We thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Please share with us your fond memories of Nelson in the Guestbook below.

Memorial Donations

Willow Tree Hospice

616 East Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine

Office of Advancement & Alumni Affairs
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce Street, Suite 172E
Philadelphia, PA 19104





  1. To the family of Nelson.
    I worked with Nelson in 2018.He was pleasant to work.He will be missed.

    Darlene Johnsto | August 24, 2019 at 5:40 AM
  2. Enjoyed our shared love and passion for wirehaired Dachshunds. Nelson was so happy and proud of the dogs he and Adelia got from me. I know he will be missed.

    Liz Heywood | August 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM
  3. Adelia, we only knew Nelson through the dachshund club, and enjoyed his stories very much. We also appreciated his work at our shows with parking and organizing crating.

    Please know that our prayers are sent your way for God’s peace to enfolded you.

    Kris and Joe Gerling

    Kris Gerling | August 22, 2019 at 9:35 AM
  4. I will always remember Nelson as a kind gentleman. We will all miss him.

    Nancy Dougherty | August 22, 2019 at 9:23 AM
  5. To the family of Nelson we send our love and sympathy. We were neighbors for all the years of raising our children, sharing hellos and conversations over the years and enjoying veggies from Nelson’s abundent garden.
    We have missed Nelson and Adelia since they moved and may Nelson be at peace.
    John and Fran Shore

    John and Fran Shore | August 19, 2019 at 8:09 PM

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