Gene Nelson, 82

Gene Nelson was born March 31, 1934 in Taylor, NE to Lester and Mildred Nelson. He passed away January 20, 2017. He was married to Donna Arter on November 26, 1952 at Donna’s parent’s home. They were married for 63 years. With his service in the Korean War, Gene was awarded with the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Occupation Medal and the Korean Service Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star. Gene’s education included studying at the University of Maryland, Europe. After his discharge from the Army, Donna and Gene moved to Chicago, IL. In 1967, Gene moved his family back to Nebraska to begin a new career operating the local grocery stores in both Ainsworth and Bassett with his brother, Arnold. After Arnold’s passing, Gene started his own construction business, Nelson Building Company, for 19 years until his retirement in 1997. In 2000, Gene and Donna moved to Sargent, NE. Preceding him in death were his wife, Donna; daughter, Suzanne McBride; parents, Lester and Mildred Nelson; brothers, Harold, Arnold and Victor; and sisters, June and Phyllis. Survivors include: daughter, Juanita (Doug) Davidson and son, William (Bill) Nelson; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and brother Leo (Lila) Nelson of Merriman. A remembrance service was held at the Evangelical Free church in Sargent on February 4th.

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