Robert Carl Nurmi, 69, of Woodbine passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at his residence.
The family received friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Harbor Worship Center. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, with military honors. Sean Billington, Eddie Hardman, Craig Smith, Steve McKinney, Rob Mastroianni, Jim Proctor, Kevin Chaney, Tom Whitesell, Danny Sikes and Jay Thames served as active pallbearers. Pastor Mike Sanes and Associate Pastor Ken Smith officiated. A private family interment will be held at the Georgia Veterans Cemetery in Glennville.
Mr. Nurmi was born Sept. 30, 1949, in Chicago to Arne W. and Theodora Hopewell Nurmi. He was a graduate of Thornridge High School in Dalton, Ill., and attended Eastern Illinois University. He retired from the United States Navy as a master chief after 20 years of service, serving during Vietnam. He had been a resident of Camden County since 1983 where he was employed as an instructor with Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay, retiring in 1992. After retirement, he worked with the Kingsland Police Department, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Camden County Fire Rescue, Kingsland Fire Rescue and Charlton County EMS. He was a member of the Harbor Worship Center and especially enjoyed doing for others.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Givens Nurmi of Woodbine; children, Christopher Lee Nurmi (Lori) of Camilla, Catherine Nurmi of Atlanta and Pamela Michelle Hooks (Brian) of Grovetown; grandchildren, Olivia and Bella Nurmi, Carter, Grant and Grace Hooks; brothers, William John Nurmi (Doris) of Beecher, Ill., and Leonard Nurmi (Ann) of Darnestown, Md.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Ann Sorrick.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys was in charge of the arrangements.