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Glenn Nelson, Sr., 78 - October 12, 2016

Glenn Lee Nelson, Sr., 78, of Gering, formerly of North Platte, passed away at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Services took place on Monday, Oct. 17, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte followed by a burial at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Nelson was born April 27, 1938, to Owen Tielman and June Violet (Stoddard) Nelson at North Platte where he grew up.
He was united in marriage to Beverly Quinn on June 3, 1961. To this union, four children were born. They were married 46 years when she passed away in 2007.
Nelson had been employed with several jobs in the North Platte and Cozad area before hiring on with the Union Pacific Railroad as a Carmen in 1968. While on the railroad, he also worked as a mechanic for Time and Tool, the Honda Shop and Camperland. He retired from the railroad in 2000 after 32 years.
On May 27, 2009, he married Berta Lineback Joy at Gering. The couple resided at Gering and enjoyed dancing, traveling and going to auctions together, according to family members.
He liked camping, riding motorcycles, and had belonged to a remote airplane club in the 1990s, said family. He loved fixing things and was good with tools, known to others as “Mr. Fix It.” He also enjoyed working on cars and could make anything work. He was a member of the High Plains Auto Club until he became too ill to continue.
Nelson was a Deacon at the Community of Christ Church and was active with youth groups and other church activities. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts for 42 years, being a Cub Scout Leader, an Eagle Scout Dad, and as an adult received Order of the Arrow. He was very proud of helping young boys get a good start in life, family members stated. He loved kids and never missed an opportunity to coax a smile from a baby or chat with a toddler. He was a kind man who was always willing to help others.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Beverly; his parents, Owen and June; brothers—Ray and Will Nelson; a grandson, Kyle Johnston.
Survivors include: his wife, Berta of Gering; his children—Lori Edwards of Gothenburg, Glenn Nelson, Jr. of Wakefield, KS, Mark (April) Nelson of Lincoln and Brad Nelson of Sutherland; grandchildren—Amber (Jason) Block and Kenny Johnston of Gothenburg, Chad (Kristina) Nelson of Long Beach, MS, Christopher Nelson of Salina, KS, Cory Nelson of Manhattan, KS, and Calysta and Decon Nelson of Lincoln; great-grandchildren—James Swanson, twins, Mason and Connor Block, Elliott Block and Halley, Alyssa and Jace Nelson; two sisters—Pat Chittenden of North Platte and Ann Mobley, of Maricopa, AZ; five brothers—Jim (Kathy) Nelson of Franklin, Richard Nelson of Illinois, Dan (Sandra) Nelson of Sutherland, Harold Nelson of Lincoln and Albert Nelson of Omaha; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Boy Scout Buffalo Bill District.