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Gail L. Nelson

Died: Fri., Jun. 14, 2013

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2013-06-18T00:00:00Z Gail L. Nelson missoulian.com
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MISSOULAa- In the early evening of Friday, June 14, 2013, Gail L. Nelson Sr. passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. He missed his 90th birthday by a mere three months. Gail was born to Charley and Catherine Nelson at Newman Grove, Neb., on Sept. 25, 1923. He was the youngest of seven children.

When he was a young child, his family moved from Nebraska to eastern Montana. He lived in Montana for a few years, then moved to Washington. In his early youth, he had a great work ethic and was a jack of all trades, working a variety of jobs. At age 18, he enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 8, 1941. He was a member of America's Greatest Generation, a veteran of World War II. He was as proud of that as he was of his family.

Gail married the love of his life, Jeanne Fae Lunde, in Woodland, Wash., by his uncle's bedside, on March 23, 1942. He and Jeanne moved from the Three Mile area near Stevensville to Woodland. He returned to Montana in 1956, settling in Missoula where he built the family home in which he lived, until his passing, a total of 55 years.

After the war, Gail was a dairyman, a logger, a mechanic and in his later years a senior companion for Missoula Aging Services. He loved camping with Jeanne in his beloved Dodge, rock hounding, gardening and discovering all the out-of-the-way places in Montana. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Myrtle, Lester, Leonard, Harvey, Ella Mae and Alden; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; daughter Arlene Urness; and his great-grandson, Derek Nelson.

Gail is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 71 years; his son-in-law, John Urness and grandsons Tom and Jim; his daughter, Nancy (David) Engebretson, grandsons Steve and Brad and granddaughter Leslie; his son, Gail (Barbara) Nelson Jr., grandsons Rick and Randy and granddaughter Rebecca; and his daughter, Rose Anne (Tom) Yelton and grandsons Cliff and Paul. He also is survived by 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchIldren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Whitesitt Funeral Home, 314 Church St., in Stevensville. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Stevensville.

A potluck reception in Missoula will follow the services at the American Legion Hall, 825 Ronan St.

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