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Edward A. Nelson

Died: Wed., Jun. 22, 2011

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Stevensville a" Edward A. Nelson, 83, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his home in Stevensville.

He fought a brave battle with cancer and in spite of the recent loss of his beloved wife, Dora, he blessed us with that little smile of his up until his final day.

Edward was born and raised in the Belt, area on Feb. 1, 1928, to Nels and Margaret Nelson. He worked from the time he was 10 years old on the family ranch and began a lifelong career in the road construction business at the age of 16.  His sense of responsibility and incredibly strong work ethic accompanied him throughout his life.

Back in 1948, Dora Mae Carlson, a beautiful young girl from Flaxville, showed up at the Saturday night dance at the Red Barn in Ulm, and true love was born. That little smile of his, a dance or two with her, and Ed and Dora were on their way to 62 years of marriage. Their union began Sept. 4, 1948.They became soul mates and had three sons and one daughter. Ed and Dora's family legacy now includes 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  They lived and raised their family all throughout Montana (in over 30 different towns!) and occasionally to other Western states, but always returned to Montana where their hearts and roots were.

Ed worked for several companies including Bice Truck Lines of Billings, Naranche and Konda Construction of Butte and Washington Construction of Missoula.  Some of his construction projects ranged from the road built around Quake Lake, the Minuteman Missile Project and the beautiful highway built over Homestake Pass.  He also helped build the Tenth Street bridge across the Missouri River in Great Falls and was the first person to officially drive across it! Stopping in a Montana town and not hearing, "Hey, Ed!" was rare and traveling very far in Montana and not being on a stretch of road Ed worked on was also rare.  It's not unusual to hear one of the grandkids proudly say, "My grandpa built that road!"

Many years ago, Ed and Dora started the family tradition of the annual "hunting camp." Three generations of Nelsons have fiercely enjoyed this bond and eagerly anticipate the adventure every year.  Ed's "0-dark-30" wake-up call on opening morning consisted of the campfire exploding into such an inferno that it lit up the whole camp and sounded like a "sonic boom"! The stories at the end of the day around the campfire were endearing, humorous and will be a lasting part of each person's memories.  The fourth generation of Nelsons can't wait to be old enough to come and join in the tradition.  We're all so grateful for this inheritance.

Ed was a man who lived with "heart and humbleness" and had the spirit of a true cowboy.  He loved and appreciated his wife deeply and found great joy in his family and many, many friends.  The strong moral compass that he lived by, and the LOVE that he showed us all will influence generations to come. Ed spent a lot of time, the past six months, talking and humming to God and Dora. They're all "together" at last.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Dora. 

He is survived by three sons, Gary of Boise, Idaho, Rod (Marilyn) of Missoula and Rick (Gwen) of Stevensville; daughter, LuAnn of Missoula; 10 grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren. Ed is also survived by the following brothers and sisters, Bill of Helena, Bob of Selah, Wash., Ellen of Spokane, Wash., Roberta of Great Falls and Shirley of Helena.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Dr. Keith H. Lokensgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery on Three Mile Road in Stevensville.

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Bryan Lange
   Posted Sun June 26, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Ed Nelson family. Ed was a good Man.

Thea Paugh
   Posted Sun June 26, 2011
Knute Nelson was my grandfather so sorry for your loss.

LeRoy M. White
   Posted Mon June 27, 2011
Ed, was a great man. I first worked with him in 1959 @ Philipsburg. On the Min. Man Miss.,before entering the US Army. You couldn't ask for a better man, father, person. My sincere condolences to the Nelson family.

Doug McClelland
   Posted Mon June 27, 2011
Nellie and I are very sorry about your father's passing. I really enjoyed visiting with him at the hunting camp. He led an impressive life.

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