Gary L. Nelson Sr.,
Gary L. Nelson Sr., of Gresham, passed away on March 22, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born in San Bernardino, California. He along with his three siblings; Phyllis, Lorna and Dean, were raised in Gresham by his parents Jesse and Helen (Makousky) Berg. Gary attended Gresham High School and departed school early to serve in the military. He served in the Army National Guard and finished his service in the US Coast Guard. His time in the military took him to places like Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska, to name a few. Gary retired from the UA Local 290 as a steamfitter and had worked on many large construction jobs throughout the US, including the Alaska Pipeline. He always enjoyed traveling, wood working, hunting and fishing, classic cars and Corvettes and really enjoyed working on puzzles. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors on any of their projects or home repairs. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Helen; and siblings, Phyllis, Lorna and Dean. He is survived by his children, Daughter, Debi Herrod, Son, Gary Nelson Jr. and Daughter-in-law, Danna Nelson and Daughter, Denise Blaylock; six grandchildren, Kelly, Alisha, Kaylee, Lane, Jayden and Tate; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A committal service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on April 8th at 1:30pm. All guests will need to arrive at the cemetery no later than 1:15pm in order to attend the service. Gary's family would like to thank everyone for their love and friendship for their father throughout the years.