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Gordon R. Nelson, age 84, of Wayne

Posted: 18 March, 2017

Funeral Services for Gordon R. Nelson, age 84, of Wayne will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne on Monday from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  with family present. Interment with Military Rites will be at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wayne. Memorials may be directed to the Nelson family for later designation. He passed away Friday at an Omaha Hospital.  Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Gordon Richard Nelson was born October 21, 1932, to Albert R. and Lula N. (Thompson) Nelson at Wayne. He worked as a hired hand until he joined the Nebraska Platoon and graduated from boot camp in 1951.  Gordon served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.  Gordon married Dorothy Annetta Carstens April 3, 1959, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne.   In his 30s, he received his GED through Norfolk High School. Through the years, Gordon worked in Wayne at the Texaco Station, as a mechanic at Wolske’s Garage and then as a Stationary Engineer at Energy Systems until retiring.  He always tried to make it to his grandchildren’s events: soccer, concerts, and track meets.  He loved being a part of their lives.  He loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren, taking many family vacations, whether it be camping and canoeing at Yankton or road trips further into South Dakota, Minnesota and Colorado. Non camping vacations included Disney World and cruises to the Caribbean and others trips were made to Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Washington, DC.  In March 2014, Gordon was able to take part in a Korean War Honor Flight, flying to Washington, DC with 400 other veterans sponsored by Patriotic Productions.  He helped with Boy Scouts while his son, Clint, was involved with the Boy Scout Troop and belonged to Wayne Eagles Aerie #3757. 
   Gordon is survived by his wife, Dorothy; their daughters, Julie Nelson of Omaha, Lisa Nelson of Omaha, and Jill (Perry) Wieting of Pierce; three granddaughters, Danika, Haley, and Peyton; brother, Donnie (Marilyn) Nelson of Branson; sister-in-law, Janet (Earl) Fuoss of Wayne; brother-in-law, Gerald (Velma) Carstens of Pilger; sister-in-law, Linda (Dale) Nelson of Davenport, IA; nieces, nephews; and friends.
   Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale; son, Clint in 2009; and a nephew, Jeff.

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