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Gary W. Nelson

July 5, 1942 March 6, 2019
Gary W. Nelson
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Obituary for Gary W. Nelson

Gary W. Nelson, age 76 of North Branch passed away on Wednesday March 6, 2019 at the Dell Webb Hospital in Sun City West, AZ.

Gary was born on July 5, 1942 in Rush City to parents Wilford and Allie (Olson) Nelson. Wilford passed away in 1947, and Allie married Gottfred who raised him and his brother Jim. Gary graduated from North Branch High School in 1960 and Dunwoody Technical Institute in 1962. He worked at Honeywell as a Lab Technician in the Military Avionics Division until his retirement in 1994.

Growing up with a father who was a mechanic Gary had a lifelong love of cars. He enjoyed buying and selling cars, attending car shows, drag racing, Nascar, and belonged to various car clubs through the years and he treasured the friendships that resulted. In 1970 he officially started Nelson Auto Sales which his daughter Jo Ann continues to operate. He enjoyed many winters in Arizona with family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife Bonnie (Carlson) of 56 1/2 years, daughters Julie (Lance) Morgan and Jo Ann Dolezalek, granddaughters Jessica (Peter) Larsen, Danielle Morgan (fiance Luke Baumann), Nicole Morgan, Laura Dolezalek (fiance Sam Peltier), Emily Dolezalek, great grandchildren Simon and Greta Larsen, brother James (Caryl) Nelson, sister in law Dawn Carlson, and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor's choice. We invite you to wear a car t-shirt to the visitation and funeral.


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Visitation

Friday

15

Mar

5:00 PM 3/15/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/15/2019 8:00:00 PM
Grandstrand Funeral Home - North Branch

6580 Main Street
North Branch, MN 55056

Grandstrand Funeral Home - North Branch
6580 Main Street North Branch 55056 MN
United States

Visitation

Saturday

16

Mar

10:00 AM 3/16/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - North Branch

38460 Lincoln Trail
North Branch, Minnesota 55056

Trinity Lutheran Church - North Branch
38460 Lincoln Trail North Branch 55056 Minnesota
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

16

Mar

11:00 AM 3/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - North Branch

38460 Lincoln Trail
North Branch, Minnesota 55056

Trinity Lutheran Church - North Branch
38460 Lincoln Trail North Branch 55056 Minnesota
United States
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